Nothing is more frustrating to a business owner than to have limited customer parking spaces used by non-customers. When a non-customer is in that space, it inconveniences customers and may even discourage them from using the business. So, what can be done about this? How can a business owner keep those spaces clear for their business?
This problem does not have a simple answer since there are many factors based on the location of the business property. This article will be a general discussion on what is required in many areas, but all business owners need to check local jurisdiction regulations for details.
To have cars removed from parking spaces they have to be in an established tow away zone. First, the parked car has to be on private property. Business owners have no jurisdiction to have cars towed from a public street even if the cars are parked right in front of their business. If the road is owned by a public entity (town, city, state, etc.) only they can determine when a car is parked illegally.
Even if the business parking area is on private property, the business owner cannot just have a car towed away. The private property usually has to be an established tow away zone. The parking area has to be posted as a tow away zone to warn people that non-customer cars will be towed. The signage required is usually very specific, so this is where checking local regulations is crucial before the signs are created. Here are a few general requirements:
- Signs need to be a particular size & color. Lettering must be a designated size.
- Signs must be posted at all entrances to the parking area (usually at a regulation height)
- Signs must state that the area is a tow away zone
- Signs must state who is permitted to park in the area and during what hours towing will be enforced
- Signs must list the name and phone number of the towing company used and where the car will be taken. (Car storage lots must be open reasonable hours, be within a reasonable distance, and accessible to public transportation)
In many jurisdictions, the towing companies must comply with certain regulations also. The business owner should know these rules and verify that the towing service selected complies with all local regulations before establishing a working relationship.
The problem of non-customers using customer parking can be handled; it just takes some research on the part of the business owner to be sure all local ordinances and regulations are followed. If regulations are not followed business owners can be fined for illegally having a car towed.
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