Ever driven around LA at night and had trouble finding parking? If so, what I’m about to say will save you plenty of headaches in the future. Every night from 6 pm to 7 am (and all day Sunday), yellow loading zones turn into legal parking spots. That’s right, you’re allowed to park in a yellow loading zone for as long as you to want without getting a ticket. This is especially useful in downtown LA, where all streets are lined with yellow loading zone spots. It’s also useful in Santa Monica and Venice, as well as in certain areas of Hollywood. So do yourself a favor and stop wasting money on ridiculously unnecessary valets, and instead park in a yellow loading zone at night.
Note that yellow loading zones can be marked by either a yellow sign (pic above), or by the curb being painted yellow (link below). The exact law is here:
Disclaimer – If you tell your friends about this, somebody will surely claim they got a ticket doing exactly what I’ve suggested. The key is to not listen to them — what most likely happened is they parked in a white loading zone and didn’t know realize it was illegal. I know this because one of my friends called bullshit on me, when he showed me the exact spot he parked in, it was white. So trust what you read, and next time you see that yellow loading zone spot open at night, TAKE IT!