Gridlock Sam Schwartz, the former Traffic Commissioner of NYC, authored a book called, “Traffic Conundrums”. I purchased the book, read it, and love it. Gridlock Sam asks and answers forty-three (43) questions about NYC traffic and parking challenges. It is a quick read, colorful illustrations, and chock full of valuable information.
Knowledge is power
Here is a sneak preview of some of the knowledge you’ll receive in Gridlock Sam’s book:
- What is the Statute of Limitations on an NYC parking ticket?
- 8 years, 3 months from the date your ticket was issued
- Can I park my motor vehicle in a space where a parking sign or parking meter authorizes parking; even though my motor vehicle is closer than fifteen (15) feet from a fire hydrant?
- YES. RCNY 4-08 (e)(2) provides, in part, stopping is prohibited within fifteen (15) feet of a fire hydrant, “…unless otherwise indicated by sign or parking meters…”
- From what point on my motor vehicle do I measure the distance to a fire hydrant to decide whether it’s closer than fifteen (15) feet?
- You measure from the REAR BUMPER of your motor vehicle to the pump (Not the rear wheels).
- You find a parking meter with thirty minutes (30) remaining on it, in a one hour (1) parking zone. May you reactivate the meter for an extra one (1) hour after the thirty (30) minutes remaining on the meter expires?
- NO. You cannot park in a one (1) hour parking zone for more than one (1) hour. However, if it was a two (2) hour parking zone, you are permitted to reactivate the meter, as long as you do not stay in the space for more than two (2) hours. See 4-08 (h)(1)
- Do you have to feed the meter when you park your motorcycle in a metered parking space?
- That depends on…If you park your bike in between cars parked at the meters, and the meters are activated; you don’t have to feed the meter. The bike must be angle parked, with the tire touching the curb. The big but is if the paying car leaves the space, and time runs out on the meter, you’re toast
There is much more valuable and interesting information in the book.
The price of the book is $12.95. If you avoid one (1) absurdly expensive NYC parking ticket….Priceless.
If you have the book or buy the book, please let us know how you fared on the questions? Are you an NYC parking Master of the Universe?[Larry’s note: I do not receive any commission or anything of value for my recommendation, other than satisfaction for calling your attention to a great resource].
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