Last Updated on October 15, 2021 by Lawrence Berezin
Why spend your hard-earned dough on fire hydrant and bus stop violations?
Preventive medicine is the best cure for fire hydrant and bus stop parking violations. Read this post every 4 hours for the next two weeks, and call me in the morning if you still get a parking ticket.
Fire hydrant violation
The general rule is that you are prohibited from parking your chariot within 15 feet of a fire hydrant. However, the exceptions are of paramount importance:
- A passenger vehicle is the only type of vehicle permitted to park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant between sunrise and sunset, as long as a licensed driver sitting behind the wheel of your vehicle, ready to move upon request
- The fire hydrant rule covers broken fire hydrants, as well as fire hydrants in good working order
- There are no yellow curb markings, or any other street markings to warn that you are within 15 feet of the fire hydrant
- You will receive an NYC parking ticket for a fire hydrant violation, even if the fire hydrant is invisible.
- You are NOT eligible for a fine reduction, in exchange for a guilty plea
- Generally, you’ll find two concrete posts on both sides of a fire hydrant
Bus stop violation
A picture is worth 1000 words. Here are a few words:
A bus stop extends from the BUS STOP SIGN in the direction(s) of the little arrow under the little bus on the BUS STOP SIGN, until:
- The next parking sign in the direction of the arrow; or the end of the block
- If the arrow points in both directions, then the bus stop zone extends in BOTH directions until the next parking sign; or the end of the block
Please see the above screen capture. The bus stop zone extends in BOTH directions from the bus stop sign, until:
- The next parking sign to the left of the bus stop circular; and
- In the other direction, to the right, until the end of the block
There are no yellow curb markings to designate the length of a bus stop zone. As a matter of fact, there are positively no street, sidewalk, or curb markings to give the driving public notice of the length of a bus stop zone!
Do’s and Don’ts
- Please do not estimate the length of an NYC bus (it’s 40-45 feet long, about), and argue that you parked far enough away from the bus stop sign for an NYC bus to fit. No one will listen!
- Do not argue that you only stopped for a minute to run into a store to. buy a lottery ticket. Ca-ching!
- You can stop temporarily to drop off expeditiously or pick up a passenger. But, don’t wait for “a few minutes” for your passenger to arrive. Ca-ching, ca-ching.
Like all parking rules, learning the bus stop rule and defense takes relentless repetition.
If you have 50 seconds, you will help bake the bus stop rule and defense into your brain.