On-Street Parking FAQ
Below are some frequesntly asked questions regarding on-street, curbside parking.
Q. Is the space in front of my residence or business reserved for my use?
A. No, on-street parking is purely on a first come, first served basis. While your driveway is private the street is public and therefore anyone may park there.
Q. As long as my vehicle is registered and insured, can I park it on the street for as long as I want?
A. No, under the provisions of the Traffic Safety Act of Alberta and Town Traffic Bylaw (#1746) on a street in one location in is limited to no more than 72 hours (three days). In both provincial and municipal law, a vehicle parked over the 72-hour limit is considered abandoned and can be subject to being be ticketed or towed.
When most families have a minimum of two vehicles and in many cases three, there’s a need to be more conscientious about street parking. Minor adjustments can be made to minimize some of the problems such as leaving high use vehicles on the street and storing the lower use vehicles in your driveway or garage. If you’re going to use roadways and streets for parking, be prepared to move the vehicle every 72 hours, doing so makes it clear to enforcement officers as well as neighbours that the vehicle is not abandoned or neglected.
Q. What is “parked opposing traffic”?
A. Parked opposing traffic means parked on a street facing the opposite way of traffic. Parking this way is illegal because in order to pull away from the curb you would need to pull your car into oncoming traffic. To be legally parked alongside a burb you must be parked with the right-hand wheels next to the right-side curb and be within 30 cm (12 Inches) of the curb or edge.
Vehicles left on the streets in wintertime create problems for snow removal crews. The Town of Peace River will remove these vehicles from the town’s streets when they impede snow removal operations. Abandoned vehicles are towed at the registered owner’s risk & expense. In Alberta, a vehicle is considered abandoned if it is left standing/parked on a highway, street or alley for over 72 hours.
During the winter maintenance season, on-street parking bans may be enforced from November 15 – April 15. A parking ban means no on-street parking is allowed on any public roads between the hours of 8am and 5pm on certain days. For more info regarding snow and ice management and parking bans please visit our snow and ice management page linked below.
Trailers, RV’s, and Motorhomes
When looking for a spot to park your trailer, RV or motorhome for a time, we ask that they be parked in a garage, driveway or storage area, but not on our residential streets.
Why can’t I leave my trailer parked on a residential street?
Safety is the big reason. Large vehicles can obstruct access to sewers, fire hydrants or properties. Many bigger ones, especially if parked near a corner can limit a drivers field of view when approaching an intersection, this is extremely dangerous for pedestrians.
What does this apply to?
Any motorhome or recreational vehicle over six metres in length and any and all trailers, that includes utility trailers, camping trailers, boat trailers, etc.
Are there exceptions?
The bylaw states that no trailers may be parked on residential streets at anytime, however, we allow a grace period . You will not receive a ticket if you follow these basic guidelines:
- The only exception is a 24 hour period for the purposes of loading or unloading.
- Trailers parked for loading/unloading must be attached to a towing vehicle at all times.
- Sliders & steps must not extend into driving lanes.
- Hoses & electrical connections shall not pose a trip hazard to pedestrians.