Parking ticket knowledge is your sword and shield
This is the way I feel every day while reading your thought-provoking blog comments, listening to your parking ticket stories on the telephone, researching blog articles, and working relentlessly to earn your trust and loyalty.
Here are three (3) mistakes frequently made by our readers. Believe me, it is more than o.k. to forget, mix-up, or not know in the first place, the gazillion NYC parking ticket rules, regulations, and laws. Repetition and sharing parking ticket experiences help all of us learn how to avoid an NYC parking ticket.
Double parking on Street Cleaning Days
You can never, ever, under any circumstances double park on the opposite side of the street waiting for the rule to change on street cleaning days. With that said, in many neighborhoods the heinous parking ticket crime of double parking is overlooked to make life a smidgen easier on street cleaning days. So, if you’ve got a free pass for 427 street cleaning days, and on the 428th day the sleeping crocodile awakes and bites you in the wallet, isn’t it reasonable to amortize the $90 fine ($115 less reduction) over the 428 days? What do you think?
Where does a bus stop zone end?
A bus stop zone begins at a bus stop sign. It extends, in the direction of the arrow(s) until; the next parking sign, or if no parking sign, until the end of the block
I wasn’t parked, I was just standing
The 3 No’s are very, very confusing. What is the difference between, stopping, standing and parking? This is a two-part answer:
1. All 3 No’s mean exactly the same thing. You’ve halted your car. Forget about the fancy, meant to confuse definitions. If you “halt” your car, you are stopping, standing and parking. PERIOD
2. Here’s the difference…When a parking sign says, “NO STOPPING,” you can not halt your vehicle, drop off or pick up passengers or load or unload personal property to the curb. When an NY parking sign says, “NO STANDING,” you can stop temporarily to drop off or pick up passengers; but you can’t load or unload personal property to the curb. When a parking sign says “NO PARKING,” you are in parking ticket heaven. You can stop temporarily to drop off or pick up passengers and load or unload personal property to the curb.
You cannot stop, drop and wait in any of these zones. You’ve got to read your newspaper at home. You can’t wait until you MOM crosses the street to her apartment. You can’t run into the store for just a second.
“I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma”
~ Eartha Kitt
Please share your parking ticket experiences. We learn from our successes, and from our mistakes. What is your biggest NYC parking ticket mistake?