February 22, 2013
We know that NYC Parking rules can be very complicated. So we called our friends at New York Parking Ticket and found out some NYC parking laws that even we didn’t realize existed.
NYC Parking Rules & Tricks You Never Knew or Understood
1. All NYC is a tow away zone. No notice required
2. You are not permitted to park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant. The distance varies from state-to-state
3. How long is a bus stop? Read more…
January 17, 2013
Think you didn’t deserve that NYC parking ticket? Our friends at New York Parking Ticket gave us this advice to help you defend your NYC parking violation.
1. Check your ticket for mistakes. If a required element is omitted, described incorrectly, or illegible, you are entitled to a dismissal of your NYC parking violation. A required element is a bit size bit of information that a (Traffic Enforcement Agent) TEA is required to enter on a NYC parking ticket. For example:
- Registration expiration date
- Plate type
- Body type
- Date, time and place of occurrence
- Proper reference to the section of the Compilation of the NYC Rules
- Meter number, operational, and limits in some of the meter violations
2. Know the difference between No Standing, No Parking, and No Stopping
Here’s a chart we developed to help you understand these terms. Read more…
December 25, 2012
The New York City Council Transportation Committee met in early December 2012 to review a series of bills proposed to make NYC parking either easier or more clear. The three bills described below, however, were not supported by the NYC Department of Transportation (NYC DOT).
- Int. 762 would make it easier for vehicles to stand near a school or day care center for longer than it takes to drop off or pick up a passenger.
- Int. 527 would require the DOT to post notice of permanent street sign changes that affect parking.
- Int. 824 would make it expressly legal for homeowners to park in front of their own driveways. Read more…
October 15, 2009
Two of our readers wrote in to ask where they can park a commercial vehicle, like a U-Haul van or truck. Turns out it’s not so easy.
Let’s say you’ve rented a U-Haul to move and need to double park on the street. In most situations, you can double-park to ‘expeditiously’ make pickups and deliveries – as long as stopping, standing, or parking is not prohibited, and as long as there isn’t a free parking space or loading zone within 100 fee that that you could be using. But we all know that loading and unloading a U-Haul isn’t expeditious, so be careful where you double park.
If you’re looking to park your van during the day or overnight, the New York Department of Transportation (DOT) simply doesn’t allow commercial vehicles to park for more than three hours and doesn’t allow overnight parking on a residential street from 9pm – 5am on any street. If you do get a ticket for overnight parking, you have to prove that you were ‘actively engaged in business’ at a location within three blocks of where you got the summons.
So find a garage that doesn’t charge you an arm and a leg to park overnight, and you’ll save yourself a bundle in parking tickets. We’re asking our garage partners to let us know if they’ll take a large van or commercial truck, and then we’ll post the list of garages on our site and on this blog.
Here are some locations where you can park a van, trailer, or truck:
QuikPark — 223 W 46th between 8th & Broadway, open lot on the North side of the street. The average box-car truck rate is $50.00 for 24 hours. Call ahead at 917-837-0193 to reserve your spot.
Parking a commercial vehicle is actually pretty complicated stuff, so Read more…
July 8, 2009
Think you know the difference between No Standing, No Stopping, and No Parking? Every week, someone writes us to ask what all these signs mean, and you want to get it right so you don’t get a ticket.
Here is a quick explanation of some of the bizarre street parking rules of NYC.
No Parking means no parking or waiting for someone, but you can stop to load & unload and to let people out of the car. Think of it as the ‘drop-off’ or ‘keep it moving’ rule, where you essentially have to keep the car moving.