Last Updated on September 30, 2017 by Lawrence Berezin
Wonderful quality of life street cleaning bill re-introduced to NYC Council
If at first, you don’t succeed, try re-introducing the same bill reforming the harsh street cleaning rules in NYC. And that’s exactly what Ydanis Rodriguez did on February 4, 2014. However, this time Councilman Rodriquez is the chairman of the Transportation Committee, and the NYC mayor is not Michael Bloomberg, driving community enemy #1.
The proposed law prohibits issuing a parking ticket to an owner or driver of a car sitting in the vehicle on the restricted side of the street, and ready to move it when a street cleaning vehicle approaches, or if the roadway has already been swept that day.
Here’s the full text of the proposed law reforming the alternate side parking polka
By Council Members Rodriguez, Chin, Dickens, Gentile, King, Koo, Levin, Reynoso and Mendez
“A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to allowing vehicles to park on the restricted side of a street which is subject to alternate side parking rules without being ticketed if the owner is in the vehicle and able to move it or if the street has already been cleaned.
Section 1. Chapter two of title 19 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 19-216 to read as follows:
§ 19-216 Restrictions on issuing notices of violation for alternate side of the street parking violations. a. For the purposes of this section, the term “roadway” shall mean that portion of the street ordinarily used for vehicular travel.
b. No notice of violation shall be issued to a driver or owner of a motor vehicle on a day when alternate side parking rules are in effect if the driver or owner is in the vehicle and ready to move such vehicle when the street cleaning vehicle approaches or if the roadway under where such vehicle is parked has already been swept on such day.
§2. This local law shall take effect sixty days after its enactment into law.”
You may recall that, despite our best efforts, the reform law failed to garner sufficient votes to pass in 2011. Times have changed, and the NYC driving public deserves some relief from the draconian street cleaning parking ticket law. I wrote several blog posts and appeared at a hearing before the transportation committee of the NYC council in favor of these reforms when the bill was initially introduced to the NYC Council.
Don’t just sit there hoping other people will take action, write your council person and urge them to vote Yes for this important reform bill. If you need a reminder of why, think February- freezing- snow- rain.