Ask Trooper Steve: How close can I park to a mailbox?

Trooper Steve answers viewer questions

ORLANDO, Fla. – News 6 traffic safety expert Trooper Steve Montiero answers viewer questions and shares tips about the rules of the road, helping Central Florida residents become better drivers by being better educated.

Trooper Steve was recently asked, “Are there rules that explain parking by the mailbox? This is becoming an issue within my community.”

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There are a few things in this world that we all look forward to, including receiving packages in the mail. Of course, no one wants bills, but mail is a priority in our daily lives. But, Trooper Steve said, if we are doing things to prevent someone from getting their mail, there could be consequences.

“I’m talking about the people that so close to a mailbox that it prevents the U.S. Postal Service from delivering your mail,” Trooper Steve said. “Florida law addresses this parking issue, stating no vehicle shall park within 30 feet of a rural mailbox.”

There is no definition of a rural mailbox, but Trooper Steve said several local counties have ordinances that address this problem.

“You could be ticketed for a parking violation or even have your vehicle towed,” Trooper Steve said.

The Postal Service also has policies that allow a mail carrier to bypass a mailbox that is blocked.

“We all operate within our own communities, and this is a community problem,” he said. “Let’s work together on this and just simply avoid parking near mailboxes. It’s kind of the same rule of thought when it comes to fire hydrants. I can promise you that if you’re the driver that does stuff like this, your neighbors don’t like you.”

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.