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Mountain View to begin enforcing parking rules relaxed during pandemic

Original post made on Sep 29, 2022

The city of Mountain View announced it will enforce parking rules that were relaxed during the pandemic starting on Oct. 1, including short-term parking zones and the citywide 72-hour parking limits.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, September 29, 2022, 11:44 AM

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Posted by Rouel - Urban Living
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 29, 2022 at 4:52 pm

Rouel - Urban Living is a registered user.

The Mountain View Parking Code:
SEC. 19.72. - Parking in excess of seventy-two (72) consecutive hours prohibited.

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Contains 3 statements of note:
1. No person who owns or has possession, custody, or control of any vehicle shall park such vehicles upon any street, alley or publicly owned parking lot for more than a consecutive period of seventy-two (72) hours.

2. To comply with this section, vehicles must be moved at least one thousand (1,000) feet (approximately two-tenths (2/10) of a mile), every three (3) days.

3. For the purposes of this section, the mileage reflected on the odometer of the subject vehicle shall be presumed to be an accurate indication of the distance that the vehicle has or has not been moved.

Based on this statements, is it implied or can this code be interpreted as follows ?
That any vehicle that is driven more than 1000 ft (two-tenths (2/10) of a mile), every three (3) days, and then parked in the same place, then said vehicle is not in violation of this parking code.

Have asked 2 Mountain View police officers, they were cautious and seem suspicious with above interpretation. Their caution perhaps do to not being entirely familiar with the code ????‍♂️.

Would be nice for all parties to know the proper legal interpretation of this code, as per the above interpretation.


Posted by Nora S.
a resident of Rex Manor
on Sep 30, 2022 at 2:56 pm

Nora S. is a registered user.

@ Rouel,
Thanks for posting the ordinance here. My reading of the law is that the odometer reading is just one piece of evidence that they are allowed to consider when determining whether or not there is a parking violation. They can also consider photographs or license-plate records from an official source. And since the point of the law is to prevent the use of public streets for storing vehicles, I don't think your solution would be accepted in court.


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