Last Updated on September 14, 2021 by Lawrence Berezin
ASP Rules changes are still in effect
Once upon a time, I participated in a campaign to make Alternate side parking in NYC more tolerable, such as;
-Allowing drivers to stay in their cars until the street cleaner passed.
-Permitting drivers to double park on the unrestricted side of the street until the cleaner passed.
-Reducing the number of street cleaning days per week.
Sadly, we lost big time.
But, finally, some meaningful changes went into effect in June 2020.
Alternate Side Parking Reform
Here is some valuable information from the DOT
“Beginning Monday, June 29, 2020, residential streets will be cleaned no more than once per week, per side. Residential streets that have multiple ASP days on each side will be cleaned – with vehicles required to be moved – only on the latest day in the week on each side, as indicated on each street’s currently posted signage.” (Continued on the DOT webpage)
–NYC Department of Sanitation
The next Press Release was in September 2020
“Friday, September 18, 2020
Alternate Side Parking Reform Continued Extension
NEW YORK—Mayor de Blasio today announced that reforms to Alternate Side Parking (ASP) would be in place until further notice. The city first unveiled the reform in June, announcing that non-metered side streets with multiple ASP days would be cleaned once per week, the most dramatic change to ASP in decades.
Amended rules pertain to non-metered residential “side streets” and not to commercial areas. Streets with multiple ASP days would be cleaned on the last day of the week, as posted on each street’s currently posted sign. For example, a street with ASP regulations posted on Tuesday and Friday will be cleaned on Friday only. Daily sweeping regulations in metered areas will not change, and DSNY will continue cleaning streets with posted No Standing, No Stopping, and No Parking regulations as needed.
This change is the most dramatic change to ASP regulations since 2000 when the City reduced the duration of sweeping windows from 3 hours to just 90 minutes. The City has also reduced sweeping frequency in several neighborhoods, including in Brooklyn Community Board 6 (Park Slope & Red Hook), Brooklyn Community Board 7 (Sunset Park), and Manhattan Community Board 12 (Washington Heights & Inwood). Alternate Side Parking has been in place in New York City since the mid-1950s, and regulations are currently in place on nearly 2,300 miles of New York City streets.”
Some street cleaning questions answered
When do I have to move my car?
For any residential street, regulations will be in effect only on the latest day posted on the sign on each side of the street.
-Alternate side parking regulations are indicated by a “Sanitation Broom Symbol” on the street sign.
-If one side of the street has ASP Tuesday and Friday, it will be swept on Friday only.
-If the other side of the street has regulations on Monday and Thursday, it will only be swept on Thursday.
-Streets that have just one day of ASP regulations on each side will not change.
Does this apply to metered areas?
No. Daily sweeping in metered areas, including 30-minute parking restrictions Monday through Saturday in metered areas, will not change. Parking meters remain in effect.
Does this affect other parking regulations?
This change only affects street sweeping regulations, indicated by the Sanitation Broom Symbol. This change does not affect No Stopping or No Standing restrictions. Or, No Parking areas that do not have the Sanitation Broom Symbol or any other posted restrictions.
These changes are one small step for NYC drivers, one giant leap for driver kind. Where have I heard these words before?
Do you remember those old, horrific ASP stickers? Can you guess when the City Council eliminated them?
Would you like a copy of the current ASP Rules Suspension Calendar for your refrigerator? if so, click the ASP calendar link.
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