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Top 10 things you may not know about parking laws in Myrtle Beach

Visitors from Ohio figure out the parking meters off 8th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016.
Visitors from Ohio figure out the parking meters off 8th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. jblackmon@thesunnews.com

Did you know that it’s illegal to park a car in a city parking space for the purpose of displaying an advertisement? Or that only two motorcycles can legally occupy a single parking space in Myrtle Beach?

Understanding the new changes in the city’s parking ordinance can be a challenge, but there may be a few older provisions in the law you may not know.

1 – Unless told to do so by police or a traffic control device, motorists can’t park on a sidewalk or crosswalk; within 10 feet of a fire hydrant, 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection or 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing; alongside a curb painted yellow or on a bridge. (Sec. 12-92)

Some curbs along Ocean Boulevard north of 32nd Avenue North were painted yellow for the new parking changes in the north end that originally allowed city residents with decals to park along certain parts of the curb. City codes were later amended to outlaw all curbside parking along Ocean Boulevard north of 32nd Avenue North.

2 – It’s illegal to park a car in any parking space in the city for the purpose of displaying a “for sale” sign or any advertisements or for the purpose of washing, greasing, storing or repairing the vehicle, except in emergencies. (Sec. 12-90)

Councilman Randal Wallace questioned the provision in June, noting that the ordinance may not be fair for people visiting the beach who forget to take a “for sale” sign out of their car’s window. But City Manager John Pedersen said at the time that the law was put on the books to prohibit repeat offenders or longtime parkers from using spaces for the sole purpose of advertising the sale of a vehicle. The law was not intended to punish the occasional visitor who forgets to take a “for sale” sign out of their car’s window.

3 – It’s illegal to park in an alley if doing so would leave less than 10 feet of width in the roadway for cars to pass. (Sec. 12-93) Obstructing the free flow of traffic is against the law.

4 – It’s unlawful to park within 30 feet of an intersection or driveway on a road with a speed limit greater than 30 mph; within 20 feet of an intersection or driveway on a 30 mph street; or within 15 feet of a curb cut on a street with a speed limit of 25 mph or less. (Sec. 12-95)

5 – Drivers can’t move a vehicle not lawfully under their control into any prohibited area. (Sec. 12-100)

6 – No more than two motorcycles can occupy a single parking space in the city. (Sec. 12-102)

7 – Businesses can buy parking spaces during special events for $10 per space per day, but the spaces must be used only for parking. Businesses can’t charge for the spaces or reserve the spots only for its customers. (Sec. 12-132)

8 – Operators of vehicles bearing license plates or hang tags indicating the vehicle belongs to a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient or a disabled person do not have to pay to park in a city space that is metered or pay-by-phone. (Sec. 12-134) But not all pay-to-park lots are city-owned.

9 – It’s illegal to defraud city parking meters with slugs, machines or by other means and it’s illegal to deface, tamper with, damage, open, break, destroy or impair the usefulness of any parking meter. (Sec. 12-135)

10 – Those who violate parking ordinances may receive a $20 ticket for non-meter violations, a $50 ticket for parking too close to a fire hydrant or a $100 ticket for parking illegally in a handicapped space. Failing to pay tickets on time can result in a booted car, an impounded car and/or an arrest warrant. (Sec. 12-101)

Emily Weaver: 843-444-1722, @TSNEmily

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