Parking RestrictionsWhen operating a vehicle in Idaho, you may overlooking parking rules and restrictions. Here are the parking rules and restrictions in Idaho.

Idaho Code § 49-659. STOPPING, STANDING OR PARKING OUTSIDE BUSINESS OR RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS

  • Outside a business or residential district no person shall stop, park or leave standing any vehicle, whether attended or unattended, upon the roadway when it is practicable to stop, park or so leave the vehicle off the roadway, but in every event in an unobstructed width of the highway opposite a standing vehicle shall be left for the free passage of other vehicles and a clear view of the stopped vehicle shall be available from a distance of two hundred (200) feet in each direction upon the highway.
  • This section and sections 49-660and 49-661, Idaho Code, shall not apply to the driver of any vehicle which is disabled in such a manner and to an extent that it is impossible to avoid stopping and temporarily leaving the vehicle in that position.

Idaho Code § 49-660. STOPPING, STANDING OR PARKING PROHIBITED IN SPECIFIED PLACES

  • Except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic, in compliance with law, the directions of a peace officer or traffic control device, no person shall:
    • Stop, stand or park a vehicle:
      1. On the traffic side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a highway;
      2. On a sidewalk;
      3. Within an intersection;
      4. On a crosswalk;
      5. Between a safety zone and the adjacent curb or within thirty (30) feet of points on the curb immediately opposite the ends of a safety zone, unless a different length is indicated by signs or markings;
      6. Alongside or opposite any highway excavation or obstruction when stopping, standing, or parking would obstruct traffic;
      7. Upon any bridge or other elevated structure upon a highway or within a highway tunnel;
      8. On any railroad tracks;
      9. On any controlled-access highway;
      10. At any place where traffic-control devices prohibit stopping.
    • Stand or park a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except momentarily to pick up or discharge a passenger or passengers:
      1. In front of a public or private driveway;
      2. Within fifteen (15) feet of a fire hydrant;
      3. Within twenty (20) feet of a crosswalk at an intersection;
      4. Within thirty (30) feet upon the approach to any flashing signal, stop sign, yield sign or traffic-control signal located at the side of a highway; provided, however, that local authorities may by ordinance or resolution permit the standing or parking of vehicles which are six (6) feet or less in height within such thirty (30) foot distance, or as may be specified by ordinance or resolution or as may be designated with appropriate signs;
      5. Within twenty (20) feet of the driveway entrance to any fire station and on the side of a highway opposite the entrance to any fire station within seventy-five (75) feet of the entrance (when properly sign-posted);
      6. At any place where traffic-control devices prohibit standing.
    • Park a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading merchandise or passengers:
      1. Within fifty (50) feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing;
      2. At any place where traffic-control devices prohibit parking.
    • No person shall move a vehicle not lawfully under his control into any prohibited area or away from a curb such a distance as to be unlawful.

Idaho Code § 49-661. ADDITIONAL PARKING REGULATIONS

  • Except as otherwise provided in this section, every vehicle stopped or parked upon a two-way highway shall be stopped or parked with the right-hand wheels parallel to and within eighteen (18) inches of the right-hand curb or as close as practicable to the right edge of the right-hand shoulder.
  • Except when otherwise provided by local ordinances, every vehicle stopped or parked upon a one-way highway shall be stopped or parked parallel to the curb or edge of the highway, in the direction of authorized traffic movement, with its right-hand wheels within eighteen (18) inches of the right-hand curb or as close as practicable to the right edge of the right-hand shoulder, or with its left-hand wheels within eighteen (18) inches of the left-hand curb or as close as practicable to the left edge of the left-hand shoulder.
  • Local authorities may permit angle parking on any highway, except that angle parking shall not be permitted on any federal-aid or state highway unless the transportation department has determined that the roadway is of sufficient width to permit angle parking without interfering with the free movement of traffic.

Idaho Code § 49-662: OFFICERS AUTHORIZED TO REMOVE VEHICLES

  • Whenever any peace officer finds a vehicle in violation of any of the provisions of section 49-659, Idaho Code, the officer is authorized to move the vehicle, or require the driver or other person in charge of the vehicle to move it to a position off the roadway.
  • Any peace officer is authorized to remove or cause to be removed to a place of safety any unattended vehicle illegally left standing upon any highway in a position or under circumstances as to obstruct the normal movement of traffic.
  • Any peace officer is authorized to remove or cause to be removed to the nearest garage or other place of safety any vehicle found upon a highway when:
    • A report has been made that the vehicle has been stolen or taken without the consent of its owner; or
    • The person or persons in charge of the vehicle are unable to provide for its custody or removal; or
    • The person driving or in control of the vehicle is arrested for an alleged offense for which the officer is required by law to take the person arrested before a proper magistrate without unnecessary delay.
  • Whenever any peace officer finds a vehicle inoperable as a result of an accident and standing upon a highway, the officer is authorized to require the driver or other person in charge of the vehicle to have the vehicle removed from the scene of the accident to a position off the paved or main-traveled part of the highway. In the event that the owner of the vehicle is left incapacitated resulting from injuries suffered from the accident, the officer is authorized to have the inoperative vehicle moved from the scene to the nearest garage or other place of safety.
  • A peace officer is authorized to require the removal from the main-traveled part of the highway cargo or debris caused by a motor vehicle accident, provided that:
    • The accident occurs with no apparent serious personal injury or death; and
    • The removal can be accomplished safely and the removal will result in the improved safety or convenience of travel on the highway.
  • A transportation department employee in the exercise of the management, control and maintenance of a highway of the state highway system may assist in the removal from the main-traveled part of the highway cargo or debris caused by a motor vehicle accident when directed by a peace officer.
  • Neither the peace officer nor transportation department employee, nor anyone acting under the direction of the officer is liable for damage to the motor vehicle, cargo or debris caused by reasonable efforts of removal.
  • Nothing herein shall be construed to interfere with the duty of any city, county or state police officer to investigate and detect crime and enforce the penal, traffic or highway laws of this state or any political subdivision.

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