What Is a Fire Lane Used For?
Fire lanes are designated to provide room for emergency vehicles to park and operate from during emergency incidents. It also helps the first responders conduct inspections. Non-emergency vehicles are prohibited from standing, parking, or waiting within an established fire lane. Vehicles that are parked in fire lanes can be ticketed and or towed if necessary.
Are Fire Lanes Required?
If the fire lane is between 20 and 24 feet, it may only be marked on one side of the roadway. If the access road is larger than 28 feet wide, no markings need to be present. Fire lanes in front of commercial buildings may have yellow paint or red paint to mark the fire lane.
Why Do We Need Fire Lanes?
Parking is prohibited in fire lanes so safety equipment such as fire trucks and ambulances can access the structure in the event of an emergency. Fire lanes are actually passageways or access roads that allow emergency vehicles to pass through. These lanes are not intended for normal vehicle traffic.
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