Double parking has been targeted by NYPD for stricter enforcement
Joe figured he would double park for a couple of minutes while his wife ran into the market to pick up some milk. The milk cost 4 bucks, but the double parking ticket cost Joe $115.
Ted has been driving his truck for twenty years, making deliveries in New York City. The majority of Ted’s deliveries are in Queens and the Bronx. But, Ted has 3 deliveries in Midtown. Ted has built up a bunch of equity over the years with parking ticket warriors, and was able to avoid double parking tickets while double parking in Midtown.
Much to Ted’s chagrin, he was issued two double parking tickets while making his three deliveries in Midtown today.
Operation “Move Along” has morphed into a double parking ticket blitz
Operation Move Along is a community outreach program trying to educate New Yorker’s on double parking before the tickets start flowing. This is part of Commissioner Bill Bratton’s targeting traffic flow, since traffic deaths are almost as high as homicides in New York City.” Fox 5 News
Here’s a Fox 5 News report covering the parking ticket story.
Commercial vehicles beware?
NYC allows commercial vehicles making deliveries or service calls to double park outside of Midtown, as long as there is no curb space available within 100 feet. A commercial vehicle may still be issued a double parking ticket outside of Midtown, but it is a parking ticket that can be beaten.
On the other hand, drivers of passenger vehicles should be totally aware of the rule regarding double parking. There is a spit decision about whether a passenger vehicle can ever double park in NYC.
After March 16, there will be a period of increased enforcement of a $115 fine. Double parkers in Flushing said they had their reasons: they were waiting for parking. A UPS delivery truck driver said off camera he has no choice but to double park and that he gets 7 or 8 tickets a day. In Bensonhurst, another double parking problem area identified by police, some drivers complained about the cost of the double parking ticket. The heavy double parking enforcement begins March 17. The NYPD is targeting several neighborhoods: Midtown South, Washington Heights, Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill, Whitestone, Port Morris, Mott Haven, Melrose, Bensonhurst, Crown Heights, and Staten Island’s North Shore.”
I recommend against passenger vehicles double parking because the risk is too great to be rewarded with a NYC parking ticket. I’ve beaten more than my fair share by raising the defense of “stop, drop, and skedaddle,” but victory is not a sure-thing. If you do double park and get a parking ticket, and was stopped temporarily to drop off or pick up a passenger (but not property) I suggest you fight the good parking ticket fight.
Commercial vehicles have always been permitted to double park outside of Midtown. It now appears that warriors and cops are not turning the other cheek when they spot a commercial vehicle double parking in Midtown. Otherwise, a commercial vehicle can beat a double parking ticket.
My advice to passenger vehicles is, “Be smart-don’t double park.”