Associations may give written general authorizations to companies to tow any vehicle unlawfully parked within 15 feet of a fire hydrant or in a fire lane, or in a manner which interferes with an entrance to, or exit from, the property. (Veh. Code § 22658; Veh. Code § 22953.)
Marking Lanes. Fire lanes must be properly marked. If the fire lane is not on public streets, i.e., it is association controlled, the board can tow vehicles without further notice and without specifically authorizing each tow (provided the association has complied with all statutory requirements).
Sample Requirements. Boards should check with their local fire departments for requirements in their areas. Following are sample guidelines for marking fire lanes:
Curbs. Curb top and side shall be painted red, and the words, "FIRE LANE" shall be stenciled on the top and side of all red curbs at a maximum interval of 50 feet. Letters shall be three inches (3") in height with a minimum 3/4-inch in stroke.
No Curbs. If the fire lane has no curbing, a 12-inch wide red stripe with the words "FIRE LANE" in white shall be painted along and parallel with the edge of the fire lane. The lettering shall be 8-inches high with a 3/4-inch stroke.
Signage. Signs must be 12-inches wide and 18-inches high, and read: "NO STOPPING - FIRE LANE" Lettering shall be not less than one-inch in height and clearly visible from a vehicle. Signs shall be at a height of 80 inches and unobstructed by foliage.
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