Can I park directly across from my neighbor’s driveway?

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.

Isabel asked, “Is it illegal to park right in front or across from a neighbor’s driveway?”

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Trooper Steve said he never really encountered this situation until he bought his first home.

“Now, this is one of my biggest complaints living in a residential neighborhood,” he said.

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Florida statue 316.1945 addresses stopping, standing or parking in specified places.

Subsection 12-B goes into detail, saying, “No vehicle shall park in front of a public or private driveway at any time. If your vehicle is parked close enough to a driveway where it impedes the flow of normal traffic this would be considered a violation.”

Here are some other things to be aware of when parking your car:

  • Do not park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant
  • Do not park within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection
  • Do not park within 30 feet upon the approach to any flashing signal, stop sign or traffic control signal located at the side of a roadway. This would apply to landscaping equipment, and the only exception would be law enforcement and first responders.
  • Do not park on any exclusive bicycle lane. 
  • Do not park within 20 feet of the driveway entrance to any fire station and on the side of the street opposite to the entrance to any fire station within 75 feet of such entrance.

About the Authors:

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.

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.