Can these two NYC parking rules play nicely together?
I am afraid not, if you’re referring to the the street storage rule, which prohibits a commercial vehicle from parking more than three consecutive hours (in one parking space), and the rule permitting nighttime parking of commercial vehicles on a residential street.
I had some invigorating conversations recently with two amazingly smart friends of New York Parking Ticket about this subject. It appears many of our community may be a little confused about the interaction between these two rules, resulting in the question:
“Can a commercial vehicle park between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. on a “commercial street” [zoned commercial] for more than three consecutive hours in one parking space?”
The answer is NO.
Street storage of commercial vehicles prohibited [4-08(k)(5)]
Here’s the rule:
“When parking is not otherwise restricted, no person shall park a commercial vehicle in any area, including a residential area, in excess of three hours.”
Nighttime parking of commercial vehicle prohibited [4-08(k)(6)]
Here’s the rule:
“No person shall park a commercial vehicle on a residential street, between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Where a commercial vehicle is parked in violation of this paragraph, it shall be an affirmative defense to said violation, with the burden of proof on the person who received the summons, that he or she was actively engaged in business at the time the summons was issued at a premises located within three city blocks of where the summons was issued. This paragraph shall not apply to vehicles owned or operated by gas or oil heat suppliers or gas or oil heat systems maintenance companies, the agents or employees thereof, or any public utility”
No one said NYC parking ticket rules were going to be easy to understand
It takes a village to understand NYC parking rules. I am very thankful for terrific, engaged, friends to help me identify confusing issues that may result in the NYC DOF reaching into your wallet and removing some of your hard-earned bucks.
Here’s a link to a terrific tool, the NYC Map Portal, to help you ascertain whether a particular area is a commercial zone. (Thanks again to an inhabitant of our village for the heads-up].
What do you think? Do you agree? Have you been bitten by a NYC parking ticket for violating these two unfriendly rules? Don’t just sit there…Please comment.
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