Just How Strict Are Iowa Parking Laws?
More and more things keep coming back, and we are most likely finding ourselves driving more. This means more parking as well. (I for one still hate parallel parking.) I also got a parking ticket yesterday. So let's take a quick and easy look at state laws when it comes to parking to help you avoid tickets this, Summer!
The first thing to note is that certain laws can differ by city, or even by company. (Parking meter times, Pulling through parking spaces, and other smaller parking violations are usually monitored by the area.)
According to Iowa Parking Laws, most Iowa parking laws are located in Chapter 321 of the Iowa state code. It should also be noted that under Iowa parking law, you have the right to appeal a ticket.
Let's start with section 321.358:
No person can stop, stand, or park a vehicle in any of the following areas: On a sidewalk, except for a bicycle. In front of a public or private driveway. Within an intersection. Within five feet of a fire hydrant. On a crosswalk. Within ten feet of a stop sign, flashing beacon, or traffic signal. Between a safety zone or 10 feet from either end of the safety zone. Within 50 feet of a railroad crossing. With 25 feet of a fire station entrance or 75 feet if posted by the station and local IA parking laws. Alongside or opposite of any street with excavation when stopping would obstruct traffic flow. On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge of the street or curb. Upon any bridge or other elevated structure on a highway outside of city limits or within a highway tunnel. At any place signs and local IA parking laws prohibit parking. On a street when snow is specified to be removed. In front of a curb cut or ramp.
Since it's Iowa they had to make sure to remind us about the snow. While that is a lot, there is still more to see,
Iowa parking law 321.357:
Any police officer is allowed to remove an unattended vehicle from a bridge, causeway, or tunnel if that car is otherwise parked legally but obstructing traffic.
Iowa parking law under code 321.354:
When a police officer is allowed to remove an attended or unattended vehicle from a highway. The car must usually be parked 20 feet away from moving traffic (if possible) and be visible for 200 feet in both directions according to IA parking laws.
I just dumped a lot of information onto you about parking in Iowa. Most of it is common sense, for instance, some parking violations. Some of these rules however may be ones that are a little less known. You should also be careful while pulling through parking spaces in parking lots. If an accident happens it may fall on you for pulling through.
More information can be found here.