Last Updated on November 9, 2022 by Lawrence Berezin
These two words have caused much pain and heartache in Parking Ticket Land. That is to say; If you violate a no-standing rule, it will cost you $115 and possibly a boot and tow. Yikes!
Moreover, It doesn’t matter if your car is occupied or empty. Or the motor was on or off. You are still standing when you stop your vehicle in a no-standing zone.
Who among us hasn’t offered this vintage, unwinnable defense to a no-standing parking ticket? That is to say, “I was parking, not standing, because the car was unoccupied. Only to learn that occupied or unoccupied doesn’t make a difference. It will still cost you $115?”
Hopefully, these tips will save you some dough when parking in NYC.
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How many different no-standing violations are there?
There are 14 different no-standing tickets. Can you name all 14?
What is a “dedicated use” no-standing sign?
Mistake number 1 does not learn the meaning and application of the newish Rule covering “dedicated use” signs.
You’ll find it at RNYC 4-08(a):
(3) Standing prohibited. When signs or rules prohibit standing, no person shall stop a vehicle, attended or unattended, except temporarily for and while engaged in expeditiously receiving or discharging passengers.
(i) Dedicated use signs. Standing is prohibited when a dedicated use is specified by a character, including but not limited to the following curb regulations:
- Commercial Vehicles Only,
- Truck Loading Only,
- Taxi Stand, Taxi Relief Stand,
- Authorized Vehicles Only,
- NYP License Plates Only,
- Doctor License Plates Only,
The beat goes on
- For-Hire Vehicles Only,
- Ambulance Only, Ambulette Only,
- Medical Facility Only,
- Bus Layover Only,
- NYS Road Test Only,
- Flea Market Loading Only,
- Farmers Market Only,
- Waiting Line,
- Carshare Parking Only,
- Electric Vehicle Charging Only, or Parking Permitted.
The parking ticket was not enforceable if a parking sign didn’t display certain words that were required by the applicable Rule or law.
I beat a significant number of parking tickets because the Rule displayed on the parking sign did not match the written Rule in 4-08.
For example, the old “No standing except trucks loading and unloading” sign was replaced by a “Truck Loading Only” sign. It was easier to read. But, the new sign did not comply with the language in the old Rule, 4-08(k)(2), which stated in part:
“Where a posted sign reads ‘No Standing Except trucks Loading or Unloading,’ no vehicle except a commercial vehicle or a service vehicle…may stand or park in that area…”
Why? Because the new, redesigned Truck Loading Only sign did not display the words mandated by the Rule, “No Standing Except trucks Loading or Unloading,”
The Evil Empire was faced with a problem
How do they fix this gaping loophole? Well, they were not going to redo all the bad signs.
So, they invented a new set of rules. For example, in the case of the Truck Loading Only sign, the Evil Empire added four new words to the old Rule, “or Truck Loading Only.” Voila! The new sign matched the new, amended Rule.
Rule 4-08(k)(2) now states in part, “Where a posted sign reads, ‘No Standing Except Trucks Loading and Unloading’ ‘or Truck Loading Only‘
The takeaway here is to always, every time, read the Rule behind the sign. You will be happy you did.
Mistake number 2 is not learning the meaning of standing and applying in Parking Ticket Land. Let’s start with the definition of standing:
“Standing” means the stopping of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, otherwise than temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in receiving or discharging passengers. Stopping whether your chariot is occupied or not
Unless you stopped temporarily
For the purpose of actually engaging in
Receiving or discharging passengers
(To or from the curb)
(And not property)
Here comes the big mistake #2
So, it is a big mistake to think it is permissible to stop in a no-standing zone, turn off your engine, and wait behind the wheel for your Aunt Tillie to exit her apartment building, walk to your car and get in. It means you’ll owe the Evil Empire $115 for the no-standing ticket you’ll surely get.
It is a huge mistake to think you can double park (a no-standing violation), activate your blinkers, and leave a beautiful epistle on your dashboard alerting the Warrior or Cop that you ran into the Starbucks to get a cup of java and will be back in a minute. Ca-Ching!
Mistake number 3 is to wait for a passenger to arrive at your chariot in a no-standing zone.
You can stop temporarily to expeditiously pick up a passenger if you leave the no-standing area immediately. But you can never wait for the passenger’s arrival at your car door.
For example, I encourage you to avoid stopping in a bus stop zone. Your intentions may be honorable, but when a Warrior or Cop stumbles by and sees your car in a bus stop zone, you will get a parking ticket. They can’t intuit how long you stopped in the bus stop zone and will err on the side of collecting $115.
Would you please stay out of bus stop zones unless you board a bus?
Time for the no-standing quiz
Learning takes relentless repetition. Here’s a quick quiz to test your knowledge about the no-standing Rule.
If you park in NYC, you must figure out the nuances of the no-standing rules. To clarify, learn the Rule and apply it correctly. Further, understand the typical defenses to no-standing or no-parking violations, such as the “stop, drop and go defense.“
For example, how do you apply the 5-Minute Grace Period Rule in a no-standing zone? Let’s say the no-standing Rule starts at 7 am and ends at 4 pm. You parked your car overnight and want to move it before getting a ticket.
A Warrior or Cop cannot issue a no-standing ticket until 7:06 am.
Have you ever gotten a parking ticket because you misunderstood the parking sign?
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