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Old March 3rd, 2009, 11:13 PM   #21
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I suppose I saw that once or twice

edit: Hey, only roughly one eigth of that Dacia is breaking the law
Actually all of it, because there is an intersection ahead, and therefore you cannot park 5m before the intersection!
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Old March 3rd, 2009, 11:16 PM   #22
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Cona in Portuguese means cu*t!
Anyway in Portugal the system is like in the UK, one Portuguese single line= double uk line and broken Portuguese yellow line=single UK line
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Old March 4th, 2009, 09:17 AM   #23
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In Vancouver (and I presume the rest of Canada), there is a sign at least on each street corner with an arrow and instructions on if you can or cannot park/stop. Usually, it is either a no stopping or no parking sign and hours listed below (or none if it is in effect 24/7). If parking/stopping is allowed, then the time limit is also usually listed along with the hours. If the sign is not there, then you can park for as long as you want. The only implied no parking is near a fire hydrant.
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Old March 7th, 2009, 07:57 PM   #24
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Back with some photos from Bucharest!

Angle /w payment



Parallel /w payment


Parallel /w payment - but no car drawn


Handicapped spot (2)


Underground parking


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Old March 7th, 2009, 07:59 PM   #25
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Plata means toll in Romania? The word is similar to what I've seen in Croatia and Poland (Naplatna, Platy or something). Those languages are rather similar in central/southeastern Europe.
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Old March 7th, 2009, 08:11 PM   #26
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Yes, plata meas payment.

Now, for some general photos with parking spaces:





Now, in general, each parking has its own rules of use:







Things could get complicated sometimes



And some restrictions:







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Old March 7th, 2009, 10:28 PM   #27
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Plata means toll in Romania? The word is similar to what I've seen in Croatia and Poland (Naplatna, Platy or something). Those languages are rather similar in central/southeastern Europe.
Coincidence. Romanian is a Romance/Latin language, while Croatian and Polish are Slavic. Not to mention some other completely different languages, i.e. Hungarian, Greek, Turkish, Albanian.
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Old March 7th, 2009, 10:53 PM   #28
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Polish word płacić, from which words płatny/bezpłatny come from, derives from the fact that in the past people used to pay with lniane płaty(linen slices), whatever that means.
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Old March 7th, 2009, 11:48 PM   #29
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Wasn't it płatna in Polish? AFAIK they put that on the Polish motorway signs. Or does it mean tolled?
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Old March 8th, 2009, 06:15 AM   #30
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Coincidence. Romanian is a Romance/Latin language, while Croatian and Polish are Slavic.
Not exactly. You're right about Romanian being a Romance language, but it is also unique in that group because it has had a lot of influence from Slavic languages, including having a grammar that has some complex elements that are present in Slavic languages but absent from other Romance languages.

It is not a coincidence that "plata" means "payment", but rather a consequence of the influence of Slavic languages on Romanian.

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Not to mention some other completely different languages, i.e. Hungarian, Greek, Turkish, Albanian.
Hehe yeah, Europe has several language groups. However, Greek and Albanian do not really belong in this list (assuming it lists the "completely different" languages), since they are Indo-European, unlike Hungarian and Turkish, which are indeed in their own respective language groups, and neither is Indo-European.

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Wasn't it płatna in Polish? AFAIK they put that on the Polish motorway signs. Or does it mean tolled?
Yeah, it's just a different inflected form of the word, which probably means "for pay/tolled" (using my knowledge of Russian that's what it sounds like).
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Old March 8th, 2009, 07:10 PM   #31
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You're right about Slavic influence on Romanian, I just wanted to say that Romanian (including Slavic influence) is still quite different from Slavic languages. As for Greek and Albanian, you're right too, but you have to admit they are still very different from other Indo-European languages (including different alphabet of Greek). Now back on topic.
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Old March 10th, 2009, 10:50 PM   #32
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OK

In Israel, parking restrictions are indicated using the standard European signs (i.e. the blue one with the red lines), but also via curb patterns:
Red + white: no parking.
Blue + white: parking with a permit only (pay parking).
Red + yellow: no stopping (usually at bus stops).

For depictions, look at the bottom of this page:
http://www.israel-travel-tips.com/en...%20in%20Israel

In Ontario, signs are used to indicate parking/stopping regulations, exactly like previously described by the person from Vancouver. I've never seen curb colours being used for that purpose here.
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Old March 10th, 2009, 11:54 PM   #33
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I was wonderwing to what extend people in different countries obey parking rstrictions? Is it up to driving habits or whether parking places are well designed or not?

In Poland the problem is both - there are not many parkings, so people park wherever they want, and when it happens to be one, many people do not know how to park there

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Old March 10th, 2009, 11:56 PM   #34
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I think it depends on enforcement and general behaviour of the population. If the chances are big that you get towed, you'll leave the thought of parking illegal out of your mind. If nobody enforces it, and everybody just parks somewhere, it's gonna be a mess.

However, in my previous neighborhood, there was insufficient parking (new suburban area, so far for Dutch planning), and people just parked on the green spaces, and so did I.
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Old March 11th, 2009, 12:25 PM   #35
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However, in my previous neighborhood, there was insufficient parking (new suburban area, so far for Dutch planning), and people just parked on the green spaces, and so did I.
In my Norwegian neighbourhood, there are virtually no parking spaces (when it was built in the 50s, 1 parking space per 5 flats was deemed sufficient...), and even with street parking, it's pretty bad. Still, the municipal parking guards enforce laws with great care and with utter disregard for the very real lack of parking spaces. It was better for a couple of years, but now it's back to utter badness.

Otherwise, rules in Norway are similar to most of Europe, very similar if not identical to Sweden.
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Old March 11th, 2009, 01:01 PM   #36
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I didn´t find any decent sign for my country, but in BiH we are using normal international signs you can see it on this picture on the left side, though very small



or here


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Old January 18th, 2011, 07:49 AM   #38
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United States parking signs (from the Fed MUTCD)




These are the general parking regulation signs seen through out the US. However, state and local governments often make variations on the signs above.
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Old January 18th, 2011, 12:31 PM   #39
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Plata means toll in Romania? The word is similar to what I've seen in Croatia and Poland (Naplatna, Platy or something). Those languages are rather similar in central/southeastern Europe.
Quite a coincidence, because plata means money in Spanish, at least the South American variety. In many Romance languages "plat" means something precious. "Platinum" for instance derives from "plata", and it means "little silver".
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Prata is Portuguese for silver
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