Can You Stop In a No Parking Zone?

If the sign says you can’t park, then you shouldn’t. But what if you don’t intend to park, can you stop in a No Parking Zone?

In most cities, signs that says “No Parking” means that stop there and wait IF you are still behind the wheel and the car is idling (running). If you are driving a taxi, or participating in a Ride Share, you can pick up and unload a passenger and their things. The most important thing to remember is to leave your car there for any period of time.

But where can you park then? Read on below:

Regulated parking means that it is subject to certain conditions. It may be a parking limited in duration or a paid parking.

Here’s what you need to know to identify these parking rules.

Parking Rules Indicated by Signs

To indicate a restricted parking, a sign may accompany the parking prohibition sign. These signs specify the parking rules, that is to say the conditions under which one has the right to park. It may be for example a parking limited in time, paying, reserved for certain users, etc.

Parking Rules for an Entire Area

Restricted parking may apply throughout an area, not just a street. In this case, you will meet a prohibition sign on a white background, with parking rules also specified by a symbol or text.

Pay Parking Area

This sign indicates that parking is paid throughout the area where it is located.
There are also so-called blue areas, which are areas with specific parking rules.

Parking Limited in Time

An example of regulated parking is limited parking time. This is often the case in urban areas, near shops, in places where parking must be temporary. It is therefore allowed to park for a set time, beyond which the driver must leave the parking lot, under penalty of a fine.

Time-Limited Parking with Disk Control

The parking time control can be done by disk, as is the case if you encounter the above sign. The disk is used to indicate the time at which parking has started. Just manually set the time and place it prominently under the windshield of the car.

Paid Parking

When the parking rules require payment for parking, this is indicated either by a marking on the ground or by a sign. Paid parking is often synonymous with limited parking time: there is often a maximum time for which one can pay.

To pay for parking, parking meters are available on the sidewalk. Following the payment, we obtain a ticket to put under the windshield of the vehicle, which indicates the time until which parking has been paid.

Warning! A vehicle parked in the same place for more than 7 days is considered to be an improper parking lot and can be sanctioned. In some places, this time can be lowered.


Respecting a regulated parking lot is therefore very important, but apart from signage by signs or markings on the ground, it is also important to know where the parking is troublesome or dangerous and therefore prohibited.

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