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A parking lot (American English) or car park (British English), also known as a car lot, is a cleared area that is intended for parking vehicles. Usually, the term refers to a dedicated area that has been provided with a durable or semi-durable surface. In most countries where cars are the dominant mode of transportation, parking lots are a feature of every city and suburban area. Shopping malls, sports stadiums, megachurches and similar venues often feature immense parking lots. See also multistorey car park.
Parking lots tend to be sources of water pollution because of their extensive impervious surfaces. Most existing lots have limited or no facilities to control runoff. Many areas today also require minimum landscaping in parking lots to provide shade and help mitigate the extent of which their paved surfaces contribute to heat islands. Many municipalities require a minimum number of parking spaces, depending on the floor area in a store or the number of bedrooms in an apartment complex. In the United States, each state's Department of Transportation sets the proper ratio for disabled spaces for private business and public parking lots. Various forms of technology are used to charge motorists for the use of a parking lot. Modern parking lots use a variety of technologies to help motorists find unoccupied parking spaces, retrieve their vehicles, and improve their experience.

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    NSW Car Park Accident both car reversing- Each Bear Own

    Hello everyone, I had accident in a shopping center car park, while I was parked in my spot and trying to revers out to straight my car in the car spot, and there is another car trying to reverse into the car spot opposite to my spot ( she was revering on a one way car park lane) , and then we...
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    NSW Car passed behind me while I reversed out of car park

    My vehicle is a tray back ute with a canvas canopy, it has left and right external mirrors. I had parked nose first into a shopping centre car park and while reversing out of the park a car passed behind me and a collision occurred. My vision was limited due to a vehicle parked on my left and...
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    NSW Private Car Park lock in

    Hi, I would like some information on the legality of locking a gate into a medical centre car park and trapping a car inside that car park with no notices advising a closing time and/or options to retrieve the vehicle posted anywhere. Sole notices posted were that "Towing is in progress" and...
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    NSW Car park accident

    I was parked in the main Rd of the car park reversing I had my car just about straight when me and another driver collided. I never seen her in my camera or mirrors she was approaching from one of the side streets of the car park turning into mine I was just about to go into drive when we...
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    WA Shopping Centre Car Park Breach

    Hi, I received a car park breach notice from a shopping centre back in November for $77. I never paid it because I was not in breach of anything I work at the centre but my husbandwas usingmy car that day to do some early Xmas shopping which is why my car was not parked in a staff marked bay...
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    NSW Shopping car park incident

    Hi I have recently been involved in a incident where I was reversing into a parallel car park. I had my blinker on pulled up just past the park to have room to reverse in, looked back there was no one there started reversing as soon as my eyes shifted to my left mirror a car drove into the side...
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    Car park question

    Hi, I reversed into a car that was not in marked a car park bay, am I still at fault?
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    What infringment notice can QLD police write for parking in shopping centers.

    At Springfield Shopping Centre there are signs posted at once entrance informing persons entering said car park that this facility is for customers only, not commuters (given the Springfield transtation next door has a short supply in car parking). On other entrances there are no such signs or...
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    QLD Car park accident & duty of care unloading trucks.

    Greetings Legal Minds, & thanks in advance. Can i begin with the short version. Can i load accident photo’s here ?..Mmm My 20 year old daughter pulled into a carpark 7 months ago in Sth Brisbane & her vehicle hit the rear hydraulic loading ramp of a delivery truck while he was unloading his...
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    VIC Council - Legal to Sleep in Your Car?

    Recently, while driving I was overcome by a wave of fatigue, such that I felt unsafe to drive further. I pulled over into a vacant factory car park and had a solid nap. I was wondering whether this is legal? I often see road signs stating "Microsleeps can kill" and "Powernap now". Obviously the...