What Are Some Major Parking Laws in Texas?


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Chapter 545, Operation and Movement of Vehicles, of the Transportation Code regulations contain major parking laws for the state of Texas, as detailed by the Texas Constitution and Statutes. These laws specify where certain vehicles can legally park under which conditions and for how long. The laws also specify how vehicles must be parked. Chapter 681 of the statutes regulates privileged parking in Texas, notes FindLaw.

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Section 545.302 of the Texas Transportation Code prohibit parking vehicles on sidewalks, in intersections or on crosswalks, on bridges, on railroad tracks or wherever an official sign prohibits parking, according to the Texas Constitution and Statutes. Vehicles also cannot legally park where it would obstruct traffic.

Section 545.404 of the Texas Transportation Code requires parked vehicles to have the engine stopped and ignition locked, with the keys removed from the ignition, reports the Wall Street Journal. Additionally, the vehicle's operator must set the parking brake before leaving the vehicle unattended, as well as turn the front wheels toward the curb or side of the highway if parking on a slope.

Laws for persons with physical disabilities provide certain parking privileges, according to FindLaw. Specifically, Section 681.006 allows for unlimited parking in designated spaces if certain conditions are met. Conditions for privileged parking include the display of appropriate placards or license plates.

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