Public parking in LAParking in LA can be an expensive experience, so at The MAPA we want to advice so that you can avoid over paying for parking in Los Angeles. The best advice we can give you is to stay away of private garages, because they are very expensive is better if you try to look for one of the many public parking options in LA . Los Angeles has 40 000 parking spaces in the city. 37 000 of them are on street parking lots and 3 000 are off street lots. Nowadays LA department of Transportation operates 118 public parking lots and garages and offers a variety of options and regulations for parking in LA such as parking meters, color curbs and various parking permits.
LA parking meters are available for both on street and off street parking in 71 parking metered zones. Nowadays some LA parking meters are card and coins meters and they show the parking rate, the time limit and the operational hours of the meter. Although the LADOT tries to maintain LA parking meters in optimum condition they are often vandalize.
Color curbs are used as a way to restrict or prohibit parking in certain area. The kind of restriction depends on the color of the curb:
Red curb zones. This are not stopping no parking and no standing zones. Red curbs are the most restricted zones only allowing buses to load and unload passengers for no longer than 5 minutes.
Yellow curb zones. This zones are very common in commercial areas. The yellow curb is for those who are actively loading or unloading freight for no longer than 30 minutes. Passengers loading is allow for no longer than 5 minutes. This restrictions are available from Monday through Saturday, from 7:00 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Green curb zones. This zone are use for shot term parking no longer than 30 minutes.
White curb zones. This zone are specifically for passenger loading and unloading and are usually found outside theaters, churches, taxi cab zones, loading areas and mailbox deposits. White curb zones can only be used for 5 minutes while parking in downtown LA
Blue curb Zones. This parking zones for the disable who displays a valid disable license plate.
In order to avoid fines, parking citations and “booting” devices make sure you always look for permanent or temporary sings that indicate weather that spot your choosing to park your car in is available for parking. When using a parking meter make sure to read all the information before you pay( sometimes parking meters work only a few days a week or at a certain time a day). Don't park within 20 feet from corners and intersections. Never park in front of a bus stop. Don't double park especially in places like schools and hospitals. Don't overstay in time-restricted zones, if you are thinking about parking in one of these zones, make sure you will be back in time so you don't get a ticket for overstaying pass the permitted time. If you are not sure that you will be back in time is better if you use off street parking.
To pay LA parking tickets you have there options: online, by phone for a fee and sending a check on the mail. As a last advice we want to remind you that there are several options of public parking in LA, make sure you find out which one is closer to your final destination. Avoid paying private parking garage and don't risk paying high fines, look for the public parking option that best meet your needs when parking in LA.
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