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PODS Prohibited in the Public Right-of-Way

WHAT are PODS?
Portable On Demand Storage is the new convenience item for transfer and storage of belongings. The small boxcar type units are delivered to a specified location for loading and then transported to another location for unloading or indefinite storage. For many with busy schedules, PODS are a winner. Instead of racing the clock on a daily truck rental, PODS can be loaded as time permits.

The problem however is where to put PODS during use. Because of smaller driveways, steep slopes, or the convenience of using driveways for vehicle storage, some people choose to put PODS on the street. However, the street is not a proper or legal place for storage of any kind, including unused or inoperable vehicles, RVs, boats, trailers, and PODS.

WHY not put them in the public right-of-way?
PODS are larger than most vehicles, and take up more room in the street. They are also taller than most vehicles, and combined with a lack of windows cannot be seen through or around. PODS do not have the standard vehicle or RV safety equipment such as emergency flashers, lights, and reflectors. And without wheels and a hitch, PODS cannot be moved until the issuing company arrives with the equipment to relocate them.

WHERE can you put PODS?
Anywhere on private property is a suitable temporary location unless it encroaches into the public right-of-way. The public right-of-way includes the street, sidewalk, planter strips, meridians, and the driveway skirt (the sloped portion of the sidewalk that leads to a driveway).

HOW could I be affected if I allow PODS in the public right-of-way?

There are two things to consider about illegal PODS placement:
  • PODS create visual barriers. PODS may block emergency vehicle access in an emergency situation. PODS may not be visible to drivers at night and create a traffic hazard. Pedestrians near PODS may not see or be seen by motorists.


  • You could potentially be cited into court. Citations for first-time offenders start at $250 per day.


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