Last Updated on March 27, 2023 by Lawrence Berezin
Spotlight on Neighborhood Loading Zones
I got an email from Joe, an excellent, old client asking me to review a no-parking ticket. Meanwhile, he got the evil ticket while dropping off his two children (ages 9 and 11) in a neighborhood loading zone.
In other words, Joe popped the trunk, got out of his car, walked to the rear, and helped his boys gather their stuff from the truck (book bags, lunch boxes, computers, and jackets). However, when Joe returned to the driver’s seat and was about to start the car, he saw a parking ticket sticking out from under the wiper.
Joe never saw the warrior issue the ticket.
Table of Contents
- Spotlight on Neighborhood Loading Zones
- What is a neighborhood loading zone?
- Where are NLZs located?
- The number of zones is growing.
- Did Joe deserve a no-parking ticket?
- The original judge found us “GUILTY.”
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What is a neighborhood loading zone?
I was happy to help. But, frankly, I had never heard of neighborhood loading zones. So, it was time to put on my research helmet and do some homework.
The DOT explains the purpose of neighborhood loading zones:
Where are NLZs located?
The number of zones is growing.
The NYC Council recently enacted a law requiring the creation of at least 500 new zones per year.
Did Joe deserve a no-parking ticket?
No! I prepared a defense certification and exhibits. Likewise, I submitted Joe’s defense online.
Dear Honorable Judge,
I certify as follows:
I am not guilty of this no-parking violation because:
-I pulled to the curb in our “neighborhood loading zone” to drop off my two children (ages 11 and 9).
-Earlier that afternoon, I picked them up from school.
-I stopped at the curb, opened the trunk, jumped out, and helped unload my children’s things (heavy school backpacks, small computers, jackets, etc.)
Meanwhile, we finished the entire process promptly.
However, I saw this ticket on the windshield when I got back into the driver’s seat and was about to drive away to look for a parking space.
I never noticed the TEA put the ticket on my car.
I have submitted a series of exhibits in support of my defense.
Due to these circumstances, please dismiss this parking ticket.
-I certify that my testimony is true to the best of my knowledge. I fully understand that if my testimony is willfully false, I am subject to punishment
-I certify that the images and photos in my exhibits are true and accurate reproductions of the originals as they existed on the date/time this parking ticket was issued.
The original judge found us “GUILTY.”
The original judge made a bad decision and we appealed. You’ll find the Decision and the Appeal below.
We are waiting for the appeal panel’s decision.
Check out this FREE DOT neighborhood loading zone brochure. Click on the pretty red link.
Are neighborhood loading zones a good idea for your neighborhood? Would it be helpful to have 40 feet or more curb space dedicated to stopping, unloading, and going during certain hours?
It works by combining a neighborhood zoning sign with a no-parking character during certain hours (for example, 7 am to 7 pm). Therefore a no-parking rule applies during those hours. However, parking is permitted during the other hours (for example, after 7 pm until 7 am).
I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Meanwhile, the issue in Joe’s case is whether a driver can get out of the car to help a passenger in a no-parking zone. The complicating problem is that the warrior stated on the ticket that the driver was not present (behind the wheel). We argue that Joe was standing by his car’s trunk, helping young children take out their stuff from the box.
What do you think? Will Joe beat this ticket?
The NLZ signage is confusing. The little blue and white info sign is too small and too low on the poles and is not visible to drivers. The NYCDOT needs to design a new regular size (18″ x 12″ or 18″ x 18″) red/white signs which is visible to drivers saying ‘Residential Loading Zones’ with the specific days/times.
The NYCDOT will create new signs if the need arises. There are new ‘No Standing’ sign for ‘open streets’ locations, sign codes PS-471G / PS-471GA – “NO STANDING FRIDAY 4PM-11PM SATURDAY & SUNDAY 11AM-11PM”
Mike Kluger says
Would I be correct in assuming that since NLZs are designated as “No Parking” rather than “No Standing”, vehicles displaying NYC Parking Permits for the Physically Disabled can legally park in an NLZ?
Lawrence Berezin says
Hope all is well, Mike.
I don’t know the answer to your excellent question. Meanwhile, I sent a tweet to the DOT just now and am awaiting their reply.
I’ll let you know.
Lawrence Berezin says
I didn’t seem to get a reply from the DOT. Meanwhile, the NYC GOV website says: