Wednesday, March 20, 2013 | 6:45 p.m.
Las Vegas residents wanting to hit the road or returning from a trip in their recreational vehicles will have more time to load and unload under a new ordinance approved by the city council Wednesday.
The issue: The council considered an ordinance to allow recreational vehicles to park on residential streets for up to 48 hours at a time.
The vote: Approved unanimously.
What it means: Owners will have less stress when loading or unloading their vehicles.
The city previously didn’t place a time restriction on how long the vehicles could park on streets in residential neighborhoods, instead limiting parking to “expeditious” loading and unloading only.
Parkers who violate the rule face a $75 fine.
The new ordinance allows recreational vehicles — generally any motor home, trailer or camper over 24 feet long — to park for 48 hours at a time on the street, so long as the owner obtains a permit in advance from the city’s parking division.
Vehicles were initially going to be given 72 hours to park on the street, but council members worried that amount of time was too long.
“My feeling is that 72 hours is a big jump at this time,” Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian said. “The RVs as large as they are now, some of which are crazily painted … it should not be 72 hours. I strongly back 48 hours.”
Mayor Carolyn Goodman said the vehicles can become eyesores if they’re left out too long and supported the shorter window for parking.