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You Can Now Get A Ticket For Parking In Between The Curb And The Sidewalk In L.A.
Parking between the curb and the sidewalk was virtually ignored by parking officials for several years, but, starting Monday, it'll be a recipe for a parking ticket in Los Angeles. The practice became especially popular in dense neighborhoods strained for parking, like Koreatown, Westlake, and East Hollywood, but cars were destroying lawns and creating unnecessary danger (do you want to see a car suddenly appear in front of you after driving off the sidewalk?). A law rendering this kind of parking illegal was approved by the City Council back in June, and Monday marks the first day the law is in effect.
City officials started putting warnings in car windshields in July, according to the L.A. Times, in order to avoid surprising people with the new law. LADOT released a statement last week, explaining how parking between the curb and sidewalk, and in driveway aprons, will both be ticket-able offenses (the driveway apron is the section of the driveway that dips between the sidewalk and street).
City Council decided to address the problem because parking in these areas could interfere with pedestrian accessibility, notes Curbed, and this would make the city vulnerable to lawsuits from disabled citizens.
Worried about how to find parking now? Join the club (or perhaps start devoting more energy to using the Metro).