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We see people everywhere doing this to park, yet it is prohibited and the fine is very steep.

This maneuver has become very common when parking, a practice which can be expensive.

It is sometimes very difficult to find a place to park your car. This is all the more true in urban areas which are generally more frequented, where there are more people. whereù parking spaces are often taken. Looking for a location where you can Parking your vehicle often lasts for many minutes and can even exceed an hour when you go, for example, to a park an event bringing together a lot of people, such as a concert or a sporting event. The situation then puts our nerves on edge. hard experience behind the wheel to the point, sometimes, of having no other solution than to turn around.

To avoid such a snub, many motorists are ready to take action. everything: park on a sidewalk, in a reserved space. to taxis, on a delivery place, on a pedestrian crossing and even in front of a private gate. This is obviously prohibited by the Highway Code and punishable by a fine. There is a slightly more complex case in which drivers park without really knowing if they are breaking the law.

Sometimes fed up with going around in circles for too long, some people jump at the chance as soon as they see a free place in the other direction of traffic. When turning around is impossible à Due to the lack of space on the road, the maneuver consists of: cut the opposite lane and then make a slot at the right full speed before declaring victory.

We see people everywhere doing this to park, yet it is prohibited and the fine is very steep.

Is this rather common practice authorized? Perhaps, like many, you think that if you have carried out this procedure, your maneuver without being seen by the police then you no longer risk anything. However, this is not the case because in France, article R417-1 of the Coude de la route stipulates that in built-up areas, vehicles must be parked in the direction of traffic. In other words, on a street à double meaning, the sideé driver must be on the opposite side of the roadway and not the sidewalk. The reason is quite simple, it responds to safety rules since parking à Wrong traffic can create dangerous situations, both when parking and when leaving, because it requires you to drive in the wrong direction. cross a traffic lane then à maneuver facing à vehicles arriving head-on.

If you see your vehicle parked in the opposite direction to all the others around it, it's on one side. original, know that it is especially easy to use. notice for parking attendants. Thus, even if no one saw you cut the road to park, the simple fact of parking in the opposite direction of traffic in built-up areas is considered & oacute; as a traffic offense. It results in a 2nd class fine not leading to loss of points on the driving license but a fixed fine of 35 ;euros. The penalty can be even more severe if you are caught in the act since driving at high speed can be even harsher. wrong-way traffic, even for a few meters before reversing into your space to park, is punishable by a fine of 4 classifies me, i.e. a withdrawal of 4 points and 135 eurosà pay. The slot is expensive…

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116