Sunday, January 16, 2022

TOWING A neighbor’s car was towed for driving on a red line and going the wrong way – am I wrong?

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ONE driver who had his neighbor’s car towed when it was on a red line and confronted with the wrong person has asked online if he did the right thing.

The person posted on Reddit asking if she was an “idiot” for reporting her neighbor when he was wrongly parked.

The post read: “Did anyone in my neighborhood park a car facing the wrong direction of traffic and more than 4ft from the curb that was painted red.

“Nevertheless, it’s a quiet street and I’m feeling kind of bad now after calling the tow crews.

“Ps the car was parked for about 4 hours from 5pm to 9pm, am I the idiot?”

The author lives in the United States, where the law states that cars cannot park on a curb that is painted red.

The rules state: “No stopping, standing or parking. Red zones are usually only for emergency vehicles and hydrants.

“You cannot park in front of or block a fire hydrant. Buses may stop at a red curb if it is marked OK for buses to stop there.”

Motorists across the pond are also not allowed to park on the wrong side of the street, which in America is usually the left side.

The main reason for this is that drivers do not swerve head-on into traffic.

Regarding American parking laws, the Reddit user did the right thing by towing the car, even though the street is in a quiet residential area.

But what are your rights if you parked wrong and someone has your car towed?

In the UK you can park on any side of the road as long as there are no double yellow lines and your car is not obstructing a driveway or road.

This only changes at night, you must park your car in the direction of travel.

This is because the passing cars can see your reflectors as you drive by.

Rule 248 of the Highway Code states: “You may not park on a rear-facing street at night unless in an approved parking lot.”

The US is much stricter when it comes to curb parking laws.

There aren’t many streets where you can actually park on the street, but if you happen to find one, there’s one thing to keep in mind: don’t park on the wrong side of the street.

It’s also important not to park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.

If your car is in the way and a fire department has to use the hydrant, your car could be damaged if they have to move or work around your car.

You could also be fined if you overlook this important curb parking issue.

Here are seven other ways motorists can be fined, and we’ve rounded up some top tips on how to improve your parking.

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