NYC Alternate Side Parking Regulations Might Change
April 8, 2014

NYC Alternate Side Parking ASPI both applaud and do not understand people who use NYC street parking and move their cars 2 – 3 times a week to comply with the NYC Alternate Side Parking Regulations (ASP). These are the regulations that force car owners to move their cars for 1 – 3 hours so the street is clear for the street sweeping trucks. It’s a heroic and long honored ritual for many NYC car owners.

But this daunting activity may get easier. According to the NY Daily News, NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan), is proposing legislation that would let NYC drivers legally take parking spots once the street sweeper passed by — ending the need for drivers to wait inside their cars until the no-parking time period lapses.

Rodriguez first introduced the bill in 2010, and got a majority of the Council to join as co-sponsors, including Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan). The bill stalled, which might have been because:

  • it could reduce revenue from issuing NYC parking tickets for ASP violations, and
  • The Department of Sanitation’s concerns that the traffic enforcement agents issuing the NYC parking tickets wouldn’t know if the street sweeper had come through or not.

We’re not sure if the last concern is still valid, though, as we’ve read that the NYC Sanitation trucks were equipped with GPS after the major snowstorms a few years ago. Stay tuned.

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