Wrong Parking and Towing

Law on Parking

Section 122 MV Act Amendment 2019 Leaving Vehicle in Dangerous Position:

No person in charge of a motor vehicle shall cause or allow the vehicle or any trailer to be abandoned or to remain at rest on any public place in such a position or in such a condition or in such circumstances as to cause or likely to cause danger, obstruction or undue inconvenience to other users of the public place or to the passengers.

127.  Removal of motor vehicles abandoned or left unattended on a public place (Removed by Towing)

1. Where any motor vehicle is abandoned or left unattended on a public place for ten hours or more or is parked in a place where parking is legally prohibited, its removal by a towing service or its immobilization by any means including wheel clamping may be authorized by a police officer in uniform having jurisdiction.

2. Where an abandoned, unattended, wrecked, burnt or partially dismantled vehicle is creating a traffic hazard, because of its position in relation to the (public place), or its physical appearance is causing the impediment to the traffic, its immediate removal from the (public place) by a towing serving may be authorized by a police officer having jurisdiction.

3. Where a vehicle is authorized to be removed under sub-section (1) or sub-section (2) by a police officer, the owner of the vehicle shall be responsible for all towing costs, besides any other penalty.

Regulation 22(1) & (2) MVDR 2017 Parking of the Vehicle:

1. Every driver of a motor vehicle parking on any road shall park in such a way that it does not cause or is not likely to cause danger, obstruction or undue inconvenience to other road users and if the manner of parking is indicated by any sign board or markings on the road side, he shall park his vehicle in such manner.

2. Stopping and parking:-

   (I) A vehicle shall not be stopped:

  • At a place where the road is narrow or the view is obstructed.
  • Near or on a sharp bend.
  • In an acceleration or a deceleration lane.
  • On, or five meters before, a pedestrian crossing.
  • On a level crossing.
  • Five meters or less before a traffic light signal or “Give Way” sign or “STOP” sign or if a stationary vehicle is likely to obstruct these signs from the view of other road users.
  • At designated bus stands if the vehicle is other than a bus.
  • On a yellow box marked on road.
  • Where prohibited by a mandatory “No Stopping” sign.

   (II) A vehicle shall not be parked:

  • At a place where stopping a vehicle is prohibited under sub-regulation (1).
  • On a main road or at a stretch of a road where the notified maximum speed limit is fifty kilometers per hour or more
  • On a footpath, cycle track and pedestrian crossing.
  • Before or after an intersection or a junction up to a distance of fifty meters from the edge of the intersection or junction.
  • Where it would block access to designated parking spaces.
  • Near a bus stop, at the entrance to an educational institution or a hospital or if it is likely to block a traffic sign or a fire hydrant.
  • In a tunnel.
  • In a bus lane.
  • In front of the entrance or exit of a property.
  • where there is a continuous yellow line installed or painted on the carriageway on the kerb side;
  • Away from the edge of the footpath.
  • Opposite another parked vehicle.
  • If it is likely obstruct any other vehicle or cause inconvenience to any person.
  • Alongside another parked vehicle.
  • Beyond the specified duration at a place where parking is permitted for a specified duration only.
  • In a place where parking is permitted for a specified category or categories of vehicles and the vehicle does not belong to the specified category
  • By a driver who is not differently abled in a parking space reserved for vehicles driven by differently abled drivers.
  • In a manner other than that specified in the parking bays in a designated parking lot or in such a manner as to occupy excessive space.
  • Where parking is prohibited by a “No Parking” sign.
Section 122 MV Act, 1988 (as amended in 2019) Penalty for Causing Obstruction to Free Flow of Traffic U/s 177 MV Act, 1988:

1. Whoever keeps a disabled vehicle on any public place, in such a manner, so as to cause impediment to the free flow of traffic, shall be liable for penalty up to fifty rupees per hour, so long as it remains in that position, provided that the vehicle involved in accidents shall be liable for penalty only from the time of completion of inspection formalities under the law, provided further that where the vehicle is removed by a Government agency, towing charges shall be recovered from the vehicle owner or person in-charge of such vehicle,

2. Penalties or towing charges under this section shall be recovered by such officer or authority as the Statement Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, authorize.

Notification for the Towed Vehicles