The Kirkland City Council voted to amend the municipal code to include several street parking restrictions based on feedback from both police and residents.
The ordinance prohibits vehicles with expired or invalid license tabs from being parked on city streets and makes it a civil infraction to park a vehicle in a way so that it covers two or more parking stalls or in an area used to maneuver out of other parking stalls.
Another provision in the ordinance restricts parking near mailboxes, requiring at least seven feet and six inches on either side between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. unless when necessary due traffic conflicts on narrow roads or for picking up and dropping people off.
Some of the recommendations were made by the Kirkland Police Department, according to a city memo, based on difficulties in writing citations for vehicles with outdated or inaccurate information.
Others, such as the restriction on parking near mailboxes, were made by the Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhoods, which has been conducting a review of parking problems. Other possible changes to parking on city streets may be added in the future.
In September, the council voted to prohibit drivers from using electric charging stations as parking spots for their electric cars, stipulating that they actually charge their vehicle while occupying the stall.
The driver also has to pay a fee to use the charging station if the other parking stalls surrounding it require a fee to park.