Blocking a mailbox could land you a parking citation, but Hillsboro plans to take an educational approach

The city of Hillsboro will soon take a harder approach to enforcement of a new ordinance designed to stop drivers from blocking mailboxes.

The city council approved an amendment to city parking code earlier this year requiring at least 11 feet of clearance in both directions of a curbside cluster mailbox between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except on federal holidays.

City spokesperson Patrick Preston said Hillsboro made the rule change because of a series of concerns from residents who complained their mail service had been delayed.

Preston said residents with parking problems can call Hillsboro Public Works — (503) 615-6509 — and ask for a 'no parking' sticker to be place on the side of the mailbox as a reminder, or contact Hillsboro Code Enforcement and ask for enforcement of the new regulation. Preston also suggested residents reach out to the driver and ask them to comply with the new rules.

The city has yet to write any citations for non-compliance, Preston said. The city is planning to write warnings, but only if the affected mailbox has one of the city's parking stickers.

"All attention is focused on education and awareness to help drivers avoid a citation and keep mailboxes clear," he said.

The fine for parking in front of a mailbox is $30.

According to city parking code, parking is prohibited on sidewalks, in bike lanes, within 20 feet of a crosswalk — marked or unmarked — in front of a driveway, within 10 feet of a fire hydrant.

For larger vehicles, parking is prohibited within 50 feet of a stop sign, yield sign, traffic signal or any other traffic control device if the vehicle blocks the view of the device.

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