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West U Starts New Parking Etiquette Program | InstantNewsWestU.com

West U Starts New Parking Etiquette Program

October 3, 2012

The City of West U will begin its new Parking Etiquette Program throughout the city this month.

The purpose of the program, directed by city council back in July, is to improve West U’s current street parking practices.

The city hopes to affect change through a friendlier approach to parking enforcement and a return to being more neighborly.

In most cases, the new approach will begin with the issuance of courtesy notices for street parking violations. If a car is parked in violation of motor vehicle or traffic laws of the state, including the Texas Transportation Code, enforcement officers will have the discretion to issue courtesy notices, warnings or citations on an escalating scale.

The Parking Etiquette Program is the result of months of studying on-street parking issues within city limits and listening to residents regarding what was perceived as a lack of enforcement of existing laws. Residents voiced concerns regarding the current state of on-street parking as well as suggestions for improvement. A majority of residents made it clear to the city that sweeping restrictive changes to current street parking regulations should not be made.

Parking etiquette is a shared responsibility. The city asks residents to be neighborly and considerate of others and:

Whenever possible, park cars in the garage or driveway without blocking the sidewalk.

When parking on the street, allow maximum clear passage in the travel lane.

When parking on the street, try to avoid parking in front of another property.

When parking on the street, look across the street to see if a neighbor’s driveway is blocked.

When placing curbside landscaping, consider motorists’ or neighbors’ visibility.

For more information about the Parking Etiquette Program, visit www.westutx.gov/PEP.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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