Last Updated on March 17, 2016 by Lawrence Berezin
NYC parking ticket rules and regulations you may not know about
It’s Friday, Good Friday as a matter of fact, and I thought I’d take a look at every parking ticket rule contained in 4-08. I decided to search out rules that caused me to say, “I didn’t know that…” So, without further adieu, here are some “I didn’t know that…” rules
“I didn’t know that…” parking rules
- Parking for sales purposes prohibited. No person regularly engaged in the sale of vehicles shall park a vehicle upon any roadway or off street parking facility for the principal purpose of displaying such vehicle for sale. [I didn’t know that you can’t put a “For Sale” sign in a car window on a public roadway].
- Parking for certain purposes prohibited. No person regularly engaged in the repair of vehicles shall park a vehicle upon any roadway or off street parking facility for the principal purpose of washing, greasing, or repairing such vehicle, except repairs necessitated by an emergency. [I didn’t know that the Evil Empire treated car repair people different than civilians like you and me].
- Unattended motor vehicles. No person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the key from the vehicle, and effectively setting the brake provided, however, the provision for removing the key from the vehicle shall not require the removal of keys hidden from sight about the vehicle for convenience or emergency. [Thank goodness for this rule. Otherwise, the NYC driving community would be leaving their cars running with the keys in the ignition. It’s OK to hide your keys, though].
- Moving parked vehicle. No person shall move a vehicle not lawfully under his/her control into any position where stopping, standing, or parking would be unlawful. [I guess we have to find another way to get even with a joker who parks his car in front of your private driveway].
- Unofficial reserving of parking space. It shall be unlawful for any person to reserve or attempt to reserve a parking space, or prevent any vehicle from parking on a public street through his/her presence in the roadway, the use of hand signals, or by placing any box, can, crate, handcart, dolly or any other device, including unauthorized pavement, curb or street markings or signs in the roadway.[I have frequently written in these pages that it is illegal to save a space. Welp, here’s the rutle. Do you agree or disagree about saving parking spaces?].
- Engine idling. Idling of vehicle engines prohibited. Except as provided for buses in paragraph (p)(2) hereof, no person shall cause or permit the engine of any vehicle, other than a legally authorized emergency motor vehicle, to idle for longer than three minutes while parking, standing or stopping unless the engine is being used to operate a loading, unloading or processing device.[Who’s counting?].
- Street storage of commercial vehicles prohibited. When parking is not otherwise restricted, no person shall park a commercial vehicle in any area, including a residential area in excess of three hours. [Fair or Foul?].
- Parking of trailers. No person shall park any trailer or semi trailer on any street or arterial highway, except while loading or unloading at off street platforms, unless such trailer or semi trailer is attached to a motor vehicle capable of towing it.
- Oversize vehicles. When a vehicle is too large to be parked within a single parking meter space, it shall be parked with the front section alongside the forward meter. If the operator of the vehicle is using coins or another authorized method of payment other than an IVPS, such forward meter shall be operated and shall determine when the lawful parking time has expired. If the operator of the vehicle is using an IVPS, it shall be activated and shall determine when the lawful parking time has expired.
- “Muni Meters.” No person shall, in any parking space controlled by a “Muni Meter,” park a vehicle without first purchasing the amount of parking time desired from such machine. [You’ve got to love this one…How is it possible to purchase your muni meter receipt before parking your chariot? As we all know the relatively recent law passed by the NYC Council permits a driver to park first, walk to and fro a MM, place the MM receipt on the dash without getting a parking ticket…As long as you accomplish this task within 5 minutes].
Do I know how to show our driving community a good time on Good Friday?!
O.K. I showed you mine, now its your turn to share some weird parking rules, or parking ticket stories.