A distinction without a difference?   Hardly!


In the following two photos do you see anyone actually loading or unoading merchandise or passengers?  
Do you see anyone virtually loading or unloading merchandise or passengers?


Do you actually see anyone in or immediately around those cars, not the passers by but the owners?  

Do you virtually see anyone in or immediately around any of those cars?


Most people would agree those signs mean the same thing.   But if they did then why
two different words?   Why the needless expense for two signs if they mean the same thing?

The fact is, they don't mean the same thing!

463.  “Park or parking” shall mean the standing of a vehicle, whether occupied
or not,
otherwise than temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged
in loading or unloading merchandise or passengers.

              (Added by Stats. 1961, Ch. 1608.)

That meter is for the regulation of time as it relates to COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY.   The PRESUMPTION that meter represents is that the party who puts coins in it is engaged in COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY.  

That's a commercial establishment.   That's where commerce is conducted.   The space provided in front  of the commercial establishment is called a PARKING LOT.

That sign is posted in an area zoned RESIDENTIAL.   It's posted on a residential street and not likely for commerce to be taking place unlike the PARKING lot of that liquor store.

How would you go about beating a PARKING TICKET?