Van Nuys, CA asked in Traffic Tickets for California

Q: In Los Angeles, is it legal for someone to occupy more than one parking space when parallel parking on a street?

In Los Angeles, is it legal for someone to occupy more than one parking space, or to block other parking spaces with their vehicle, when parallel parking on a residential street? I'm inquiring because a resident on the block where I live routinely parks his three cars on the street spaced so far apart that he utilizes the amount of space that 5-6 cars could easily fit in. He parks his cars so that they are about 3/4 of a car length apart from each other, and he also parks the first car that same distance from his driveway, so that no one else can park between his cars. And other people also park their cars in a similar manner, which makes it VERY DIFFICULT for me and others to find a parking space on the street. Are there any laws/ordinances regarding the parking distance between vehicles, or occupying multiple spaces, when parallel parking on a residential street? I just want to know if any law exists, so that I can notify the people doing this of the law. Thank you!

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Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Newport Beach, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Not nice but not illegal. You should discuss with the local police and traffic/parking enforcement to see if there is anything you can do about this via a local ordinance. Good luck.

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