Here's what Florida law says about people 'saving' parking spaces

Trooper Steve answers viewer questions

ORLANDO, Fla. – News 6 traffic safety expert Trooper Steve Montiero answers viewer questions about the rules of the road every week, helping Orlando-area residents become better drivers by being better educated.

Maria, of Poinciana, asked if someone was allowed to physically stand in a parking space to save it for a specific vehicle.

"If you’re someone who has been thinking of doing this, don’t," Trooper Steve said. "Not only is this dangerous, but in most cases it could get you in trouble."

Typically, large parking areas are on private property with public access.

"That means the area is enforced a little differently than normal streets," Trooper Steve said. "However, a lot of these parking areas are open to the public and have an understanding between the property owner and local law enforcement. So a good rule of thumb is not to act like a fool out on the roads, no matter where you are."

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In short, the answer is no, pedestrians can't physically save a parking spot designated for a car. Florida Statute 316.130(6) addresses certain pedestrian laws and specifically the parking issue raised by Maria.

"Remember, you may be or may not be on private property," Trooper Steve said. "But either way, the rules are there and designed for you."

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About the Authors:

Daniel started with WKMG-TV in 2000 and became the digital content manager in 2009. When he's not working on, Daniel likes to head to the beach or find a sporting event nearby.

Steven Montiero, better known as “Trooper Steve," joined the News 6 morning team as its Traffic Safety Expert in October 2017. A Central Florida native and decorated combat veteran, Montiero comes to the station following an eight-year assignment with the Florida Highway Patrol.