Leander Police will begin citing owners of unoccupied vehicles that are parked in violation of city ordinances or state law, starting Oct. 1.
Under the new law, owners of unoccupied vehicles will be found in violation if they are parked in front of a public or private driveway, within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection within 30 feet of any signal, stop sign or yield sign or more than 18 inches from a street curb or edge.
Fines range in tiers of $75, $85, $150 and $512 depending on the violation.
Prior to the City of Leander updating its parking ordinance earlier this year, police officers could only issue citations if the vehicles were occupied, said Michael Neu, City of Leander spokesperson.
“Since most (vehicles) are not occupied when a violation is assessed, our officers’ enforcement options were limited, especially with repeat offenders,” he said.
Prior to the revision, the only option to move unoccupied vehicles was to tow them, said Sgt. Luana Wilcox.
"The revised parking ordinance provides the Leander Police Department with new tool to help our citizens,” said Sgt. Luana Wilcox. “While we do not anticipate many of these citations being issued, our hope is that this new tool will help keep our growing city a safe and accessible location."