How to avoid a NYC parking ticket in a No Parking zone
Driving in New York City can be a harrowing experience whether you’re:
- Driving ’round and ’round trying to find an empty legal parking space
- Parking in a Midtown lot
- Or guessing wrong about the “No” Zone, and ending up with a NYC parking ticket
It’s easy to identify the “No” Zone if there is a parking sign that says, No Parking. But, what if there is a parking sign that doesn’t explicitly state the type of No Zone? For example, is a hotel loading zone a no standing or a no parking zone?
What’s the difference?
If you recently moved to New York City from Mars, or have never stumbled across this blog before…
No Standing Zone- You are permitted to stop temporarily to drop off or pick up people, and quickly skedaddle.
No Parking Zone- You are permitted to stop temporarily to drop off or pick up people and things, and quickly skedaddle.
Here’s a list of no parking zones in NYC
(1) No parking — street cleaning
(2) No parking — taxi stand
(3) No parking except handicapped permits (off-street)
(4) Official markings
(5) No parking except authorized vehicles
(6) No parking — hotel loading zone
(7) Emergency sites
(9) Vacant lots
Marginal streets and waterfronts
[Marginal Street. A “marginal street” shall mean any street, road, place, area or way adjoining or adjacent to waterfront property and designated as a marginal street, wharf or place on a plan or map adopted pursuant to law].
[Waterfront property. The term “waterfront property” shall mean all waterfront property, city or privately owned, between salt water and the next adverse owner. An adverse owner is the first private owner of property not designated as waterfront property].[The above list and definitions can be found in the Department of Transportation, Traffic Rules, Section 4-01 (Words and Phrases) and 4-08 (Stopping, Standing and Parking)]
This is the third-part of a three-part series helping our driving community identify and distinguish a no stopping zone from a no standing zone from a no parking zone. I don’t want you to be separated from your hard earned dough because you guessed wrong. You can’t unload your groceries in a no standing zone. You can drop off Aunt Tilly in a no standing zone, but you can’t wait for Aunt Tilly to walk from your chariot to her front door.
Park safely.[Take a moment and check out the beautiful and inspiring photography of Tom Bissette].
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