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February 12, 2015

In NYC, you cannot park within 15 feet of a NYC fire hydrant or between a bus stop sign and the next parking sign. The curb may or not be painted, and after circling the block a few times you just want to park your car rather than get out and measure that 15 feet.

This week, City Councilman Vincent Gentile (D-Brooklyn) proposed legislation that would require the curb to be painted red to mark the required 15 feet from fire hydrants and bus stops.

We like the idea. If you park legally and still get a ticket, you just take a photo of your vehicle legally parked, and you can successfully fight that NYC parking ticket, which goes for $115.

The main issue against the bill seems to be the cost of doing all that painting. Stay tuned.

July 8, 2014

NYC Alternate Side Parking ASPOn Monday, June 7, 2014, the NYC City Council held a hearing on a bill that would allow drivers in NYC to return to parking spaces once the street sweepers pass through for NYC street cleaning. For locals, the street cleaning is referred to as Alternate Side Parking (ASP) regulations. For anywhere from 2 to 3 hours a day, you are not allowed to have your vehicle on a particular street so the NYC Department of Sanitation can ‘sweep’ the streets. Most ASP signs are clearly marked with the ‘P’ symbol with a broom through it.

We’ve covered this proposal before, and here’s a recap.


  1. Potentially significant reduction in wait times for NYC drivers who have to wait 2 – 4 hours in their vehicles during the mandated Alternate Side Parking regulation time.
  2. Much less double-parking by these vehicles, so traffic will be reduced as well

Objections & Concerns Read more…

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: Read more…

February 22, 2014

Image,_NYC_TrafficNew NYC Mayor Bill DiBlasio has announced significant changes to improve NYC traffic. DiBlasio’s primary objective is to reduce the number of NYC traffic fatalities to zero. He plans to accomplish that by:

  • Instituting a police crackdown on NYC speeding motorists,
  • redesigning 50 dangerous intersections and streets each year,
  • increasing NYC police enforcement against dangerous moving violations, including speeding, failing to yield to pedestrians, signal violations, improper turns/disobeying signage, and phoning/texting while driving,
  • getting Albany’s permission to decrease the citywide speed limit to 25 mph from 30 mph,
  • increasing the number of red-light cameras beyond the current 120 locations,
  • implementing eight new neighborhood slow zones,
  • installing speed
  • cameras at 20 new authorized locations,
  • installing 250 speed bumps, including in neighborhood slow zones,
  • enhancing street lighting at 1,000 intersections,
  • creating 25 new “neighborhood slow-zones” to help minimize speeding,
  • imposing stiffer penalties on NYC taxi drivers who drive dangerously, and
  • maintaining an interagency task force to oversee the implementation of Vision Zero.

Image,_Vision_Zero_logoVision Zero is Mayor DiBlasio’s plan to reduce the number of NYC traffic fatalities to zero. Read more…

October 21, 2013

If you like to speed in NYC, watch out. Over the weekend of October 11 – 13, 2013, the NYPD gave out 736 NYC traffic tickets for speeding.i

NYPD set up speed traps in all five NYC boroughs:

  • 266 NYC speeding tickets issued in Queens
  • 213 NYC speeding tickets issued in the Bronx
  • 113 NYC speeding tickets issued in Brooklyn

A NYC speeding ticket is a NYC traffic violation that carries both a fine and points on your license.

FINE: $45 – $600

POINTS: 3 – 11 points

Filed under: Parking & Traffic Tickets,Speeding — Tags: , — mtohn @ 1:41 pm

Image,_NYC_website,_new_design_October_2013NYC has just launched a new website, http://www1.nyc.gov/, and at first glance, we think the navigation and design is much better. Really clear and clean layout and links, the homepage gives the status of NYC Alternate Side Parking regulations, the font is easy to read,and of course we checked out the sections for NYC Parking, NYC Traffic Violations, and what you might want to know and NYC garages and getting around.


Alternate Side Parking — the left hand side of the homepage will let you know if the regulation is in effect today.






Public Parking Lot — unfortunately, the website tells you to ‘Call 311’ to find a Public NYC Parking Lot. Not much help.  Read more…

October 8, 2013

NYC Parking TicketLast week we heard from one of our subscribers that you could get out of a NYC traffic ticket by over-paying the ticket and never cashing the refund check. We immediately contacted our traffic lawyer, Matt Weiss, and he told that this spam email has been wandering in cyber space for a few years. That got us thinking – what myths are out there, purporting to get you out of a parking ticket? We talked with our expert at New York Parking Ticket, and here are a few:

You Can Legally Save a NYC Parking Space – Try this, and any respectable New Yorker will let you know that’s just not true. And we’re guessing the driver who wants that spot you’re desperately saving will arrive well before any parking enforcement officer arrives on the scene.

A Yellow Curb marks the beginning and end of a NYC Bus Stop Zone – Nope, isn’t true.  A NYC bus stop zone begins at the bus stop sign and extends in the direction of the arrow(s) until the next parking sign or the end of the block. For a NYC bus stop parking ticket, it doesn’t matter if you parked far enough away from the sign for a bus to fit. You are allowed only to stop, drop-off or pick-up a passenger, and go. Since a bus stop violation is a NO STANDING violation, you cannot unload your property to the curb. In NYC, a bus stop parking ticket is given to anyone who takes more than two minutes to load or unload his or her passengers.

You Can Park Within 10 Feet of a NYC Fire HydrantRead more…

September 17, 2013

Why You Shouldn’t Text & Drive

  1. Some 25% of car crashes are likely caused by cellphone use (May 2013, National Safety Council)
  2. Drivers using cellphones fail to see up to 50% of the information in their environment, reports David Teater, senior director at the NSC
  3. It’s illegal. New York State bans using a hand-held cellphone while driving. On November 1,  2011, NY State became the 14th state to ban texting while driving. That includes reading, typing and/or sending text messages or emails. 
  4. After 7/26/13, the fine for texting while driving is $50 – $150 plus mandatory surcharges and fees of up to $85. If you commit a second offense within 18 months, the fine is $50 – $200 with up to $93 in surcharges. A third offence within 18 months carries a fine of $50 – $400 with up to $93 in surcharges. (The old fines were a maximum of $100 fine and $85 surcharge).
  5. AS of 6/1/13, you’ll get 5 points on your NYS license for texting while driving. It’s a NYC traffic ticket.
  6. Since using a handheld electronic device is now a primary offence, you can be pulled over for this violation if an office sees you using a handheld device while driving
July 14, 2013

NYC Parking TicketIt seems the best way to avoid paying a NYC parking ticket is to have your vehicle registered with a large business. According to NYC Controller John Liu, there are 316 companies with unpaid NYC parking ticket fines that exceed nine months. Total bill? $1.3 million.

The New York Daily News article that broke this story gives examples of small companies with outstanding fines exceeding $150,000, and these NYC parking violations go back to 2004!

The Daily News reports that Liu’s NYC auditor analyzed a NYC Finance Department program that enrolls businesses with many vehicles into a program where the vehicles won’t get towed for a NYC parking violation. In exchange, these companies are supposed to Read more…

July 3, 2013

On June 22nd, 2013, New York State lawmakers voted to allow New York City to install cameras to catch speeding motorists near schools. The bill approves a five-year pilot program that would allow the operation of 20 speed-camera systems in school speed zones.  Drivers who are caught speeding by the cameras would face a $50 NYC speeding ticket fine.

Mayor Bloomberg supported the bill, predicting that the speed cameras will help reduce injuries and deaths caused by cars speeding in school zones.

These new cameras will be added to the cameras that catch NYC motorists going through red lights and driving in bus lanes.

Opponents of the bill claim that these cameras serve only to generate revenue from NYC speeding tickets. One group, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, also believe that funds would be better directed hiring more police offers who can enforce the NYC speed limits and also be alert to other criminal activity.

In its coverage of the vote, The New York Times pointed out that speed cameras in NYC school zones has been an ongoing battle between NYC and New York State for years, primarily because this is a local issue that requires state approval. The fight over the speed cameras — similar proposals had stalled in Albany for years — was yet another example of how what are considered local issues often require state approval, to the frustration of city officials. New York City’s public advocate, Bill de Blasio, said on Saturday that the city should be given the authority to install speed or red-light cameras “without the need for an all-out legislative campaign in Albany.”

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