The City of Vista has become the latest in the region to take on the issue of recreational vehicles parked on city streets, announcing that it will begin to enforce an ordinance approved March 14 banning vehicles longer than 22 feet from parking on public roadways between the hours of 2 a.m. and 5 a.m.
San Diego City Councilman Kevin Faulconer has been pushing to implement a similar ban west of the I-5 and in the area surrounding the Sports Arena and Midway district, areas of the city where homeless individuals living out of RVs tend to congregate. Vista has also experienced problems with oversized vehicles, though the issue there has been centered around motor homes and large trucks repurposed for advertising.
Carlsbad’s regulation offers a handful of loopholes to allow for reasonable RV use: local residents could apply for a free permit to allow them to park on the street for up to three days at a time, four times a month, to allow for loading and unloading before and after camping trips. Non-residents could also apply for a free one-time use permit, allowing them to stay for up to 72 hours. Hotels and motels without on-site parking could also obtain reusable permits to loan to guests who arrive via RV.
Enforcement of the law had been delayed in order to allow time for the city to acquire and install signage alerting drivers to the new law. With such signs in place, police will issue warnings to violators through June 30, after which time any non-permitted vehicle will be subject to a $50 fine.
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- Homeless and confused in Chula Vista — Jan. 21, 2016
- After delays, Carlsbad RV parking ban starts now — Aug. 1, 2013
- Faulconer returns with new ordinance banning oversized vehicles and trailers on City streets — March 25, 2013
- RV parking ban planned for streets west of I-5 — March 8, 2013