How to read NYC parking signs and avoid a NYC parking ticket

Good morning students. I’m Larry from New York Parking Ticket LLC, and this is our first class in reading/understanding NYC parking signs.

How many of you have a Ph.D? Wow, lots of hands. How many of you have an MBA? Wow, lots of hands. How many of you understand a NYC parking sign? Wow, no hands.

Here are some useful definitions:

Stopping: Any halting even momentarily of a vehicle, whether occupied or not.

Standing: The stopping of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, otherwise than temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in receiving or discharging passengers.

Parking: The standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, otherwise than temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading property or passenger.

Temporarily: 2 minutes or less.

nyc parking law

First step: Identify whether the NYC parking sign prohibits STOPPING, STANDING, or PARKING. The above sign prohibits STANDING.

Second Step: No standing means no stopping, standing or parking. BUT, you are permitted to stop temporarily while actually engaging in receiving or discharging a passenger.

Third Step: Look at the direction in which the arrow at the bottom of the sign is pointing. The arrow indicates the portion of the block covered by the sign’s parking regulation. On the above sign, the arrow points in both directions. This means that the sign regulates the block in both directions; until the next parking sign, or the end of the block.

Fourth Step: Check for time limits that the NYC parking rule is in effect. The time limits for the above sign is forever, every second of the day until eternity.

nyc parking rule

First Step: Identify whether the NYC parking sign prohibits STOPPING, STANDING, or PARKING. The above sign prohibits parking

Second Step: No parking prohibits stopping, standing or parking; otherwise than temporarily while actually engaged in unloading property or passengers (to the curb)

Third Step: The arrow for no parking, anytime points left; while the one hour parking points right

Fourth Step: Time limits for the no parking sign with the arrow pointing left prohibits no parking forever!! The one hour parking sign with time limits from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. prohibits parking for more than 1 hour between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.; while permitting parking after 7p.m. until the following morning at 9 a.m.

Lets summarize:

 NO STOPPING NO STANDING
 NO PARKING
Can I stop to drop off or pick up passengers?  No  Yes  Yes
Can I stop to load or unload a package, or merchandise at curbside?  No  No  Yes
 Is waiting allowed?  No  No  No

[Editor's note: this chart is courtesy of the NYC DOT Office of public information]

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