Having parked in a "jiyu chushajo" (free parking area) at the University of Tsukuba, I was surprised to find a violation notice pasted on my car window. Aout of curiosity, I called the office for an explanation and found that all cars must display a parking permit for parking anyplace on the campus. This means that if you don't have a designated parking place alloted to you, you have to stop at one of the information centers at a university entrance and ask for a temporary permit to display on your windshield.
1 point - parking without permit (white)
2 points - parking within 10 m of bus stop (yellow)
3 points - parking in intersection or other dangerous places; parking in a designated parking place (red)
After 8 points, wheels will be locked so you can't drive away and you will have to go to the "bosai center" office in the main administrative building to do a "gomen nasai" and sign a promise not to illegally park. No fine as such.
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