With summer upon us and Airdrie’s streets getting busier with different kinds of toys, like campers and boats, what are the rules about parking them on the road? 

Officer Maury Karch, the Coordinator for Airdrie Municipal Enforcement, has those answers. 

“In section seven of the Traffic Bylaw here in the City of Airdrie, it says recreational vehicles may only be parked on the roads for a maximum of 72 consecutive hours.” 

Those recreational vehicles must be hooked up to a vehicle to qualify for the 72 hours. The trailers are not allowed to be on the road for any period of time if unhooked from a vehicle. 

“Good examples of recreational vehicles are motorhomes, campers, travel trailers, tent trailers, snowmobiles, jet skis, boats, or similar types of vehicles, but that does not include mobile homes.” 

Once the 72 hours are up, the vehicles must be removed from the area for at least 48 hours, not just across the street. 

Karch says they always encourage people calling in about a recreational vehicle in their neighbourhood to talk to their neighbours about the trailers and see what their plan is before calling Municipal Enforcement. 

“A lot of times, you'll find that they're just gone to Canadian Tire or Costco to fill up their propane tanks. They're not going to haul their trailer there so they unhook it for a few hours. In that time frame, someone calls in and says there's an unattached trailer at this address, and by the time we get there it might already be hooked back up.” 

When it comes to the rules about parking recreational vehicles on your driveway, it is allowed, but there are some rules around it. 

“Any kind of trailer, boat trailer, or anything like that can't block the sidewalk. You'll see the trailers parked at an angle. As long as it's not parked on the grass, it's allowed. They can overhang the lawn, but the tires have to be on the driveway. 

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