Question: “We’re seeing more boats, trailers and RVs parked on Tacoma residential streets. What are the rules for parking these vehicles? I’ve read about a one-week rule for trailers, but I’ve also heard that if a trailer is hitched to a vehicle it can park for longer periods. Some clarification may be helpful to readers.” — Levin Conway, Tacoma
Answer: Here’s what Tacoma’s Municipal Code says: “No person shall park a vehicle, boat trailer, recreation trailer, camper, or other licensed or unlicensed vehicle or device for a period of time longer than seven calendar days on any public street or alley right of way.”
According to Loretta Cool, spokeswoman for the Tacoma Police Department, that includes passenger vehicles.
“Even cars that are parked and are not driven regularly can be tagged, ticketed and impounded for staying parked in one location without moving for longer than seven days,” she said.
The Muni Code also prohibits “chain parking,” simply moving the vehicle or trailers across the street and leaving them for another seven days.
“There’s even a Muni Code for trying to remove the marks once the vehicle has been tagged to try and avoid the impound,” Cool said.
As for big rigs — semi trucks with or without trailers and passenger buses — stricter rules apply.
Semi trucks are considered commercial vehicles and are allowed to park for just one hour. That includes the trailer portion. Drivers are not allowed to unhook a trailer and leave it parked.
“Those get impounded immediately,” Cool said.
Buses — even full-size ones — are OK for seven days as long as they’re registered as personally owned vehicles. Buses used for commercial transport can park for just one hour.Rob Carson: 253-597-8693 email@example.com Have a question about traffic congestion, construction, spending or other transportation issues? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, hometown and daytime telephone number. We’ll answer as many questions as we can.