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Is It Legal To Park In Front Of Your Driveway In New York State?

We always talk about the rules of the road, aggressive and road rage drivers, plus what roads and highways we hate to drive on in upstate New York and Northeastern Pennsylvania.

But what about parking laws in New York State that you may not be aware of? Parking lots and driveways also have their own set of rules. But let’s start with the issue of parking in front of your own private driveway.

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From time to time I have seen vehicles pull up and stop in front of my driveway (I own my property and driveway.) First of all it is rude and I don’t understand all the available places to stop or park around my house. , why my driveway appears to be a place to park in front of. It happens more times than you think.

I have often wondered if it is illegal for motorists to block a driveway. Well, Pierre Paul Driving School states that in New York State it is definitely illegal to park in front of a public or private driveway unless you are the owner or tenant of the residence. And it’s just a quick call for me to have that offender ticketed and possibly towed away.

Pull forward into a parking area

In a public (or private) parking lot, when you find a space to pull into and then notice that the space in front of you is also empty, do you pull forward? I do. But is it legal in New York State? Well, as far as I can tell researching that topic, I can’t find any rules against it.

Recently, one of our sister Townsquare sites WCYY wrote about this topic for the state of Maine, and while there are no laws against it there either, the writer makes some good points. For example, if you pull forward, it is possible for a vehicle to pull into that empty space at the same time, and not see your vehicle pull forward in time, resulting in the possibility of causing a collision.

I prefer to pull forward because backing out can be more dangerous in my opinion. Try to see if there are any oncoming vehicles while trying to see over vehicles to the left and right of you, pedestrians coming out of nowhere, and some lots with too narrow parking spaces, making it difficult to back out and to turn sharply. Especially for those of us who have a large van or truck.

Who is to blame?

Who is at fault if you collide with another vehicle in a parking lot? According to the MSL Legal website:

The driver who went backwards is almost always at fault in these accidents, with one exception; when two drivers back up at the same time and collide with each other, the fault is usually mutual. And generally, any time a driver hits a legally parked vehicle, it’s going to be that driver’s fault.

[via WCYY, MSL Legal, Pierre Paul Driving School]

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