Regulations on stopping and parking

Stop

Stopping means that the vehicle has come to a halt for a reason other than:

  • Avoiding danger.
  • It being required by the traffic conditions.
  • Parking.

No stopping or parking (stopping prohibition)

Important clarification on stopping and parking before/after a pedestrian crossing

It is forbidden to stop and park before a pedestrian crossing, but not after.

Before a pedestrian crossing

Before a pedestrian crossing.
You cannot see the red area. When a pedestrian comes out from the red area, there is practically no margin, which means that you barely have time to react before the accident happens.

After a pedestrian crossing

After a pedestrian crossing.
The view of the red area is still obscured, but with the difference that you have a much greater safety margin to discover a pedestrian here.

But would it not be safest to prohibit stopping and parking both before and after the crossing?
– Yes, but practical matters must also be taken into consideration. In the cities, there is limited space and a prohibition to park after a crossing would take away many parking spaces. Compare with speed limits: the motorways would be much safer if the speed limit was 30 km/h, but it would not be practical.

Parking

Parking means that the vehicle, with or without the driver, has been stationed for a reason other than:

  • Avoiding danger.
  • It being required by the traffic conditions.
  • Loading and unloading.
  • Dropping off and picking up passengers.

No parking (parking prohibition)

General information about stopping and parking

  • A single blue parking sign means that parking is permitted for a maximum 24 hours on weekdays. On Saturdays (incl. days before public holiday) and Sundays (incl. public holidays) there is no time limit. Note that there are often additional panels to set a time limit.
  • A parking disc is an alternative to the car park ticket (the additional panel indicates the use of a parking disc). Set the parking disc to your arrival time. Arrival time = when you arrive at the parking area and begin parking, not when you intend to come back to get the car.
  • It is prohibited to leave the car keys in a parked car. It should, for example, be impossible for a child to start the car and cause an accident.
  • In the summer, it can get very hot in the car. Never leave children or pets alone in a parked car during the summer!
  • Parking spaces for disabled drivers may only be used by those with a parking permit. Without a permit, you are only allowed to stop in order to drop off or pick up passengers.
  • You are only permitted to stop or park on the right side of the road.
    • Exception 1: You may park on the left side of a one-way street.
    • Exception 2: You may park on the left if there are railway or tramway tracks on the right side.
  • Stopping and parking shall be done as far from the middle of the road as possible.
  • If you park on the side of a road in the dark, you shall turn on your parking lights so that other road users can see your car.
  • Turning the wheels in an uphill or downhill slope in order to prevent the car from rolling out into the street:
    • Uphill slope: Away from the kerb, turn the wheel to the left so that the wheels are turned towards the street.
    • Downhill slope: Towards the kerb, turn the wheel to the right so that the wheels are turned away from the street.

Time indications on additional panel

Parking, time indications on additional panel.

It is normally said that the numbers within parentheses “are applicable on Saturdays”. This is nearly always the case. However, it would be more correct to say that the numbers within the parentheses are applicable on the day before a Sunday or public holiday. If New Year’s Day (public holiday) falls on a Wednesday, the day before (i.e. Tuesday) is considered a Saturday, as it is the day before a Sunday or public holiday.

Zone sign

  • The zone sign means that it is prohibited to park within the area.
    • Exception: Parking is permitted in allocated spaces (where a parking sign is posted).

Alternate-side parking

  • Even dates: It is prohibited to park on the side with even house numbers (e.g. 2, 16, 40).
  • Odd date: It is prohibited to park on the side with odd house numbers (e.g. 3, 17, 41).
  • Applicable during the times indicated on the sign.
  • These zones exist to facilitate the work of snowploughs, etc.

Bus stops

  • You may stop to drop off and pick up passengers, as long as it does not hinder a bus or a tram.
  • This is applicable 20 metres before and 5 metres after the bus stop, as the bus requires more room to pull into the stop than to exit.

The vehicle can be towed if it

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Last updated 2018-12-06.