Blocking the KC Streetcar? Be Ready To Pay Up.
- April 25, 2016
- Jason Kotlyarov
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I was walking back to my office from court today on Main Street when I noticed the KC Streetcar come to an abrupt halt. A car was parked ahead of it blocking its path. As I, along with other casual observers watched with interest to see what would happen, a city employee came and talked to the driver. The employee explained that if the driver did not move his vehicle, a city police officer would come and write him a $500 ticket. While I’m not entirely sure that’s accurate and need to look into this matter further, that’s not a cheap threat to make for someone just turning on their hazard lights to pick a loved one up from work or the bank.
According to this KMBC 9 News Article, there was already a vehicle struck by the streetcar. The driver, parked his car for a few minutes to run into the store when his car was sideswiped, was fined $50, sustained some slight damage to the vehicle (which he would have to repair at his own cost/through assuming he was at fault) and had his vehicle towed. According to the linked KMBC article, the accident cannot be considered a motor vehicle accident under Missouri Law since the streetcar does not have wheels and the parked car was not moving.
In a Kansas City Star article dated January 11th, 38 people were fined $50 plus an additional $22.50 in court costs in just November and December of 2015 for improper parking over the solid white line that marks the track of the Streetcar.
Remember, if you’re trying to run an errand downtown, it’s better to be safe than sorry and park away from the KC Streetcar tracks altogether.