The minority view holds that a passenger vehicle can double park
But, only under certain circumstances. Double parking is a no standing violation. Ergo, you can double park when you stop temporarily to expeditiously drop off or pick up a passenger at the curb. The PVB recognizes a passenger vehicle’s legal right to double park. Here’s their wonderful Ebook. Check out pages 11 and 15.
The majority view and one held by the Evil Empire and Parking Ticket Warriors is that a passenger vehicle can never, ever double park.
I was contacted by a wonderful member of the NYC driving community, who was bewitched, very bothered, and bewildered about getting a parking ticket for double parking while waiting on the roadway side of a vehicle parked at the curb for a driver to vacate a parking space. “How can I get a parking ticket for this?” Our irate driver asked.
I am sorry to report, according to the rule prohibiting double parking, under the circumstances described by our angry driver, you are technically double parked. Amazing!
You may wish to take a few moments of your valuable time to view the Slide Share presentation and learn how the double parking rule can ambush NYC drivers.
Don’t double park unless it is really your only option. If you double park, please be sure a driver remains seated behind the wheel. Trust me, you cannot run into the store for just a couple of minutes. Warriors swarm to an unattended double-parked vehicle like bees to honey.
If you are seated behind the wheel of a double-parked car when a Warrior shows up to give you a parking ticket, try to get a photograph of the Warrior leaving the ticket under the wiper without entering your name on the ticket. You can raise the defense of lack of proper service when you fight the ticket. Remember, if a driver is seated behind the wheel of their chariot when a Warrior issues a parking ticket, she is required to enter the driver’s name on the ticket. Sadly, this rule is honored more often in the breach.
Do you know the difference between a stop line and a crosswalk line? Can you park in the curb space between a stop line and a crosswalk line? You may find this blog post helpful.