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What are the rules regarding parking in a Handicap Zone?

Handicap parking zones are enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. To be eligible to park in a handicap zone, a vehicle must display disability license plates, a state-issued permit, or a hangtag. The disabled person must be present in the vehicle as either the driver or a passenger. Disabled persons with valid permits may park at a parking meter free of charge, but must still obey the time limits set forth on the meter. A disability license does not give permission to park in no-park zones or fire lanes.

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What are the rules for Snow Emergencies?

The city of Saint Paul follows a Night Plowing and Day Plowing format for snow emergencies. Specific information about these rules as well as snow emergency announcements are posted on their website. You can reach that website using the following link:

http://www.ci.stpaul.mn.us or call (651) 266-7569

Other cities in Ramsey County have different rules regarding snow emergencies. Often, the rule is that you must be off all city streets once two inches of snow has fallen. Many cities post their snow emergency rules on their own websites. A list of these sites is available through Ramsey County at:

http://www.state.mn.us > Local Government > City Web Sites

Keep this in mind: The information here is general information. The specific ordinances governing snow emergencies is written by and controlled by the city authorities. It's up to you to know the snow emergency rules for the city in which you live or visit.

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What is a Fire Lane?

A Fire Lane is any area that must remain clear of parked cars so that emergency vehicles can pass through, access building entrances, or utilize firefighting equipment. A Fire Lane can be on a public street or on private property.

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Where Can I Find the Parking Ordinances for my City?

Many cities post their ordinances on their own websites. A list of these sites is available through the State of Minnesota at:

Look for Local Government and the subheading City Web Sites

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