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Park your car on the parkway? You will risk getting a $68 ticket starting Monday

Aug 9, 2017
Parking in a "driveway apron" is okay except if your vehicle hangs over the sidewalk or street

Parking in a “driveway apron” is okay except if your vehicle hangs over the sidewalk or street | Courtesy LADOT

City parking enforcement officers will begin ticketing motorists who park their vehicles on parkways — that strip of public land between the curb and sidewalk — beginning Monday, Aug 14.

The L.A. Department of Transportation will start issuing the $68 tickets after it had suspended enforcement against parkway parkers for several years. Many drivers in parking-challenged neighborhoods took advantage of  the situation, blocking parkways and sidewalks without fearing a penalty as the city figured out a way to address lawsuits claiming it  had violated the Americans With Disabilities Act.

In addition to vehicles left on parkways, the lawsuits also targeted parking in “driveway aprons,” which is that sloping section of pavement between the street and sidewalk.

Under the new law, parking on the parkway is never allowed. However, motorists can still park in the driveway apron (see the diagram below) if their vehicle does not protrude into the sidewalk or the street. Also, motorists are still allowed to parallel park on the street in front of their own driveway without violating the law, said LADOT spokesman Bruce Gillman.

Driveway apron parking Los Angeles

Motorists can still parallel park on the street in front of their own driveway | Rendering courtesy LADOT

Parking on the parkway will get you a $68 ticket

Parking on the parkway will get you a $68 ticket | Courtesy LADOT

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