Parking Law & Legal Definition


Parking typically is defined as "the stopping or standing of a vehicle whether occupied or not". It is the standing of a vehicle otherwise than temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading merchandise or passengers. Precise definitions vary by state and local laws. Precise laws vary by state and local laws. A vehicle is usually not found to be parked if stopped temporarily for any of the following reasons:

(1) Movement of the vehicle is obstructed.

(2) The vehicle is waiting to enter or leave a gate booth lane.

(3) The vehicle is in obedience to:

(A) the direction of a police officer, port security officer, or other commission employee assigned to traffic control

Example of a State Statute ( Illinois) defining the term parking

625 ILCS 5/1-156 Park or Parking

Sec. 1-156. Park or Parking. Means the standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, otherwise than when temporarily and actually engaged in loading or unloading merchandise or passengers.