–Occasional SPN Driving column
Sooke has its share of parking issues. West Coast Road (another weekend came and went, with the roadside filled with trucks hauling fishing boats) and the Grant Road expansion in lieu of sidewalks are two current and ongoing matters.
Occasionally, something new or unusual crops up. This week, a reader put the following question to Sooke PocketNews:
Question: Is it legal to park on the roadside, facing traffic?
Answer: No. You must keep your car on the right.
As this ICBC Drivesmart article points out, “stopping, standing and parking are not governed by convenience”; they are governed by law. These are them:
- According to BC’s Motor Vehicle Act, Section 150, you are obligated to “confine the course of the vehicle to the right hand half of the roadway”.
- According to BC’s Motor Vehicle Act, Section 190: “Manner of parking: Except when a municipality, a treaty first nation or the minister responsible for the administration of the Transportation Act permits, a driver must not stop, stand or park a vehicle on a roadway other than on the right side of the roadway and with the right hand wheels parallel to that side, and where there is a curb, within 30 cm of the curb.”
Bottom line: For the average Jane and Joe, crossing the centre line to stop on the roadside facing oncoming traffic, for long- of short-term (eg, getting the mail), is illegal.
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