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Tell me, please, when exactly it is OK to park here?

Complicated street signs

This is perhaps the most complicated set of parking rules I have seen. I am glad that a) I do not have a car, and b) I do not live anywhere near these street signs!

Comments (8)

  1. Doug says:

    Looks pretty simple:

    – don’t park at night

    – when there is no snow, daytime parking for half the month

  2. Allan Clark says:

    This looks like a typical NYC parking area, where often an advanced degree is required.

    I’ve seen technical documentation that’s the equivalent.

  3. Kyralessa says:

    Reminds me of the signs I used to see in Cincinnati that said


    EXCEPT M-F 4-6pm

    I got a mental picture of some street repair guys rolling up the lane at 6pm and putting it away till the next day.

  4. Wolf Logan says:

    During Winter months (December, January, February, and March) parking is not allowed at all.

    The rest of the year, during the last half of each month, parking is not allowed at all.

    Parking is never allowed between the hours of 1am and 10am.

    That means that the remaining time (the first half of each month during non-Winter months) parking is allowed.

    When parking is allowed, the duration of parking is restricted (between the hours of 10am and 6pm) to 1 hour.

    And trust me, there are plenty more complicated parking regulations out there!

  5. warren says:

    This is from Toronto, right?  🙂  

    Part of the reason it’s so complicated is because, for a lot of people in the downtown areas of the city, there are no parking spots for people living in the houses.  There are parking garages on the back streets, but not every house has them, and in a lot of cases, there’s not enough space.

    That "6B" is a representation of the permit number you need to park there.  The city issues permits for a neighbourhood and you can park overnight in that neighbourhood.  There is a limited supply of permits, and the city has waiting lists for some areas.

    As for the winter months, they rotate the side of the street you park on through the winter months.  This lets the snowplows come through and get at the side of the street where the cars have been parked.  It makes a lot of sense when you live in the area.

    Oh, and, if you do live in the area, you’re generally not a fan of people from outside the neighbourhood parking on your street, because it means that you might have to park further from your home.  It’s first-come first-serve.

  6. Jeroen says:

    Seems you found a pretty nice example of a non-IT solution where you could excersise equivalence partitioning on 🙂

    Still when having permits you are allowed to park on the left side except from december untill march.

  7. Alan Myrvold says:

    Alternate side parking isn’t for snowplows, since the rotating is only during the summer months.

    It allows summer street sweeping and sidewalk repairs, with the advantage of being able to identify and tow abandoned vehicles.


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