With summertime just around the corner and people already out and about camping, it's important to remember the regulations in place when it comes to parking your recreational vehicle on Airdrie's roadways or in your driveway.

Municipal Enforcement Officer, Sgt. Brad Tomlinson explained this is the time of year they do start to hear complaints about RVs being left off streets for too long, sticking out of driveways and things like that.

Here is the list of regulations according to the City of Airdrie's website and Tomlinson:

  • A vehicle cannot be parked on the side of a roadway for more than 72 consecutive hours as per the Traffic Bylaw.
  • Parked vehicles can't block driveways. This means vehicles can't park within 1.5 metres of a driveway. 
  • Vehicles can't park within five metres of intersections or fire hydrants.
  • A vehicle must be attached to a trailer at all times.  If together the truck and trailer measure longer than nine metres, they can only park on the street for loading and unloading purposes - no longer than 24 hours. Trucks and trailers together, measuring under nine metres can park on the street for no longer than 72 hours.
  • Park your vehicle as close to the curb as possible (30 centimetres). Keep in mind that trailers must not extend over the sidewalk or pathway.
  • Parking in an alley is allocated for loading and unloading purposes only – a 15-minute limit for passenger vehicles and 30 30-minute limit for commercial and recreational vehicles. 

Tomlinson mentioned it is important to follow these rules because recreational vehicles could become a big hassle for some residents to deal with and that it is important to follow those regulations.

"There are large truck routes within Airdrie where there's accommodation for larger vehicle parking if needed," stated Tomlinson.

He also pointed out that if you are storing your RV on your private property and not parking it on your driveway, it does need to be stored on some sort of parking pad that could be gravel, it just can't be on the grass.

When it comes to tickets for not following these regulations, Tomlinson stated they rely strongly on the education side instead of handing out tickets.

"We understand it's camping season. When we attempt to contact the owner, we issue a tag to the side of the vehicle to let them know we can't get a hold of them and they can try to get ahold of us. We try to navigate that path first and work with them to get it removed or fix the issue."

May Long Weekend was the unofficial kickoff to the camping season according to the provincial government.

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