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Maui Code provides overparking solutions

In the Oct. 21 “Ask the Mayor column,” the mayor addressed a writer’s concerns about a home in their neighborhood that had many occupants filling the street with autos, even in front of the writer’s home, depriving them of a space for a visit or delivery. The mayor replied that parking in the street is “generally legal,” and referenced Maui Code 10.48.

Excessive street parking due to too many vehicles is not only unattractive, but it is a safety issue for children and emergency vehicles. Some streets are so clogged the fire department has trouble getting to an emergency.

The mayor did not point out that 10.48 has a section that can help. Section 10.48.110 states (I’ll paraphrase) that cars cannot park in the street between 2 and 6 a.m. This is a countywide provision that is complaint driven. At 2 a.m., a call to the MPD nonemergency line (244-6400) with the location, description and license number can result in a check by MPD and if other emergencies don’t interfere, they will cite the vehicle. This usually deters overnight parking.

Sometimes the dispatcher or the officer won’t be familiar with the code, but persistence pays off eventually. If you don’t get help, an email to the chief will help. If you want to help keep your street safer and more attractive, this is your tool to use.

Stephen Rodgers

Kihei