A question that is frequently asked by New York Parking Ticket clients is, “Why did I get a NY parking ticket for parking my commercial vehicle in a commercial parking space? The answer is inevitibly, “because your vehicle is not a commercial vehicle under the NY parking ticket laws”.
Is the image on the right a commercial vehicle under the NYC parking rules? Obviously not. Park this rocket in a commercial space, and you are sure to get a parking ticket.
To be or not to be a commercial vehicle is a simple question, right? Let’s see if you still think it’s an easy question after reading the NYC Traffic Rules. Section 4-08 (K)(1) provides:
“No person shall stand or park a vehicle with commercial plates in any location unless it has been permanently altered with all seats and rear seat fitting, except the front seats removed except that for vehicles designed with a passenger cab and a cargo area separated by a partition, the seating capacity within the cab shall not be considered in determining whether the vehicle is properly altered, and has the name and address of the owner as shown on the registration certificate plainly marked on both sides of the vehicle in letter and numerals not less than three inches in height, in compliance with Section 10-127 of the Administrative Code and is also in compliance with paragraph (i) of the definition of commercial vehicle as set forth in section 4-01 of these rules
NY Traffic Rules, Section 4-01(i) provides “For the purposes of parking, standing and stopping rules, a vehicle shall not be deemed a commercial vehicle or a truck unless:
(A) it bears commercial plates; and
(B) it is permanently altered by having all seats and seat fittings, except the front seats, removed to facilitate the transportation of property, except that for vehicles designed with a passenger cab and a cargo area separated by a partition, the seating capacity within the cab shall not be considered in determining whether the vehicle is properly altered; and
(C) it displays the registrant’s name and address permanently affixed in characters at least three inches high on both sides of the vehicle, with such display being in a color contrasting with that of the vehicle and placed approximately midway vertically on doors or side panels.
A little confusing? Absolutely. Here’s a summary, which I hope helps. Your commercial vehicle must have:
- Commercial plates
- All front and rear seats and fittings permanently removed
- Except vehicles designed with a separate cab and cargo area
- Name and address of the registered owner
- In letters plainly marked on both sides of the vehicle
- At least 3 inches in height
- The letters must be in a color contrasting with that of the the vehicle (For example, no black letters on a red vehicle)
- And placed approximately midway vertically on doors or side panels
If you outfitted your vehicle to comply with the NYC Traffic Rules for Commercial Vehicles, and you’re not sure if you succeeded; please feel free to send us a picture. We will be happy to share our opinion.
Have you received a NYC parking ticket under these circumstances? Did you fight your New York City parking ticket? How’d you make out? Please share your experiences. It will help all of us.
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