Is it illegal in Florida to back into a parking space?

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.

Trooper Steve on Thursday was asked, “Is it illegal to back your vehicle into a parking space?”

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The state of Florida does not have a law that says you cannot back into a parking space, but there’s a catch.

“Be sure to check for signs,” Trooper Steve said. “Some private-property locations may have signs to restrict that type of parking. Also, some city limits and municipalities have parking ordinances that restrict certain types of parking behaviors.”

So how do you know if you can back into a parking space?

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“If you’re in a parking lot or garage and there is no specific signage instructing you how to park your vehicle, you can choose your preferred method,” Trooper Steve said. “I back my vehicle into parking spaces all the time. Everyone has their reasons for it, whether it be preference or muscle-memory, like me from my days on patrol.

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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.