Last Updated on September 7, 2021 by Lawrence Berezin
21-Parking ticket tips
- A bus stop begins at the bus stop sign and extends in the direction of the arrow(s) until the next parking sign or if none, the end of the block. To clarify, this is how the length of a bus stop is calculated. Above all, learn it to avoid a parking ticket.
- Don’t look for a yellow curb to designate the length of a bus stop zone. They don’t exist. In other words, you gotta apply the calculation in the #1 tip above.
- Don’t think if you park far enough away from the bus stop sign or shelter for a bus to enter and exit a bus stop zone you will avoid a parking ticket. That is to say, distance doesn’t matter. And, the length of a bus stop is not calculated this way.
- Want to make a donation to the retired warrior’s trust fund? Then, stop temporarily and expeditiously unload property to the curb in a bus stop zone. You can only unload or load people
- Drivers are permitted to park within fifteen (15) feet of a fire hydrant if certain exceptions to the rule apply
- If your car is the first in line (the car closest to a fire hydrant) PLEASE take a photograph with your cell phone showing the distance between your car and the pump. You’ll lose the opportunity if your car is towed! Then walk the distance to be sure you parked more than fifteen (15) feet away
- The photograph of your car should display landmarks, so you can measure the distance from the landmark to the pump, and prove you parked more than fifteen (15) feet away from the pump
The beat goes on
- Between sunrise and sunset, you are permitted to park alongside a fire hydrant, as long as you leave a licensed driver sitting behind the wheel, with the keys, who is able to move your vehicle upon request to do so
- Convention wisdom says double parking is NOT permitted in NYC, anywhere, anytime, any day, period. End of story
- I disagree (big deal)
- Other experts disagree (o.k. you’ve got my attention)
- If you are issued a parking ticket for double parking and stopped temporarily to drop off or pick up a passenger, in a no standing or no parking zone outside of Midtown; and get so angry you decide to fight your parking ticket, I suggest the best defense is to cite the Department of Finance, Adjudication Division, “Guide to Parking Ticket Hearings,” at page 10 and page 14. The PVB’s own Guide states picking up or dropping off passengers is a defense to double parking
- Confused about whether it is illegal to double park? Me, too.
- Councilman David Greenfield indicated he will sponsor a bill to clear up this mess, and make dropping off or picking up a passenger a defense to double parking BY LAW
- Please, please, triple please, learn the difference between the three (3) NO’S.
- No Stopping, No Standing, and No Parking
- How do you learn to understand NYC parking signs? Practice, practice, practice
- If you see a parking sign that reads, NO STANDING, EXCEPT COMMERCIAL VEHICLES METERED PARKING, 3 HR LIMIT, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. EXCEPT SUNDAY. It means a passenger or a commercial vehicle CAN park on Sunday. On all other days, passenger vehicles keep driving.
- If you park safely and then get nailed with a traffic ticket, there’s only one person to contact, Matthew Weiss, Esquire. He will make it easy for you
- The best way to avoid NYC parking tickets is parking in a garage. Here’s how to find the most convenient off-street parking at the best prices. Click on the link, you’ll be glad you did! Park It Guide.
- To protect yourself from failing to move your car on street cleaning days, here’s a download for the 2021 Alternate Side Parking and Holiday Calendar.
Knowledge is power. Therefore, I urge you to learn these basic NYC parking rules and parking laws.
These 21-parking ticket tips & resources will help you keep your hard-earned dough where it belongs, in YOUR wallet!
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