Parking violations are stringently controlled
- Parking violations are considered as such, even if the time that you illegally parked was short.
- Be sure to park your car in a designated parking area when leaving the car.
In addition to the police, private contractors can also charge drivers with parking violations.
If a violation sticker has been affixed to your car, you must pay the penalty.
- Never park your car in any place other than a parking area.
- When you leave your car even for a short time, your car will be regarded as an illegally parked car.
Park your car in a designated parking area, even if the parking time is short.
Examples of areas where parking and parking/stopping are prohibited
- Roads near intersections and inside intersections.
- Pedestrian crossing and bicycle crossing zones.
- Areas near bus stops and entrance for vehicles.
- Areas near fire hydrants, fire-fighting water tanks, fire alarms, etc.
When a parking violation sticker is attached to a rented car
step1Reporting to the Police Station
Visit a police station in the same prefecture where the parking violation sticker was issued. Then visit a bank to pay the fine.
- As soon as TOYOTA Rent a Car is contacted by the police, we will contact the customer.
The fine cannot be settled at a police station.
step2Informing the Shop Beforehand
Present documents received from the police and receipt for penalty when you return the rented car after going through the formalities.
When you fail to complete the formalities before returning a rented car
We will charge you an illegal parking fee of 25,000 yen for ordinary-sized cars and 30,000 yen for medium-and large-sized cars designated by our company.
Moreover, if you fail to A) complete the formalities or B) pay the illegal parking fee, we will report you to the police, Public Safety Commission, and Rent-a-Car Association; and any further requests from you for rental cars will be refused from all branches of TOYOTA Rent a Car and Rent-a-Car Association member companies in Japan.
If you go to the police after returning the car, pay the penalty, and present the parking violation sticker and receipt to us, we will refund the illegal parking fee.
Below is the Japanese law regarding illegal parking:
Development of regulation on a system to order vehicle users to pay a fine for illegal parking.
(Fourth and Fifth Paragraphs of Article 51-4, Road Traffic Law)
Fine for Illegal Parking
In the event that a driver of illegally parked vehicle does not pay a citation, the user of the vehicle will be ordered to pay a fine for illegal parking.
The driver/user will not be ordered to pay it in the following cases within 30 days after he/she receives a parking ticket:
- The driver/user of illegally parked vehicle has paid a citation.
- The illegal parking is prosecuted.
(For juveniles, the case is tried at a family court.)
The driver should normally be responsible for illegal parking. In the event that it is impossible to pursue the driver’s legal responsibility, the vehicle user shall be held responsible.
Note: “User” is normally a person listed as a user in the vehicle inspection certificate.
Amount of Fine for Illegal Parking
The amount of a fine for illegal parking is the same as that of a citation that the driver/user of illegal parked vehicle should pay.
Demand for Payment of Fine for Illegal Parking and Mandatory Collection
If the person who was ordered to pay a fine for illegal parking does not pay it even after the payment is overdue, he/she will be urged to pay with a collection letter.
If the person who was urged to pay a fine for illegal parking does not pay within the specified time, the payment may be collected on a mandatory basis.
Development of regulation on consignment of checking illegally parked cars and putting parking tickets on them (Article 51-8 to 51-11, Road Traffic Law)
To check illegally parked cars and put parking tickets on them can be consigned to private sectors. This has led private traffic wardens to patrol the streets and put parking tickets on illegally parked cars.
Traffic wardens patrol in accordance with a guideline in which the police chief provides places and times to be intensively controlled based on residents’ intentions and demands.
The guideline is released in advance, e.g., a posting on a bulletin board of the police station.