Last Updated on November 4, 2022 by Lawrence Berezin
The NYC fire hydrant tickets rule
This blog post is the first in a series of blog posts about the NYC fire hydrant tickets rule to help you avoid fire hydrant parking tickets.
The nasty, costly fire hydrant rule:
(e) General no-stopping zones (stopping, standing, and Parking prohibited in specified places. No person shall stop, stand, or park a vehicle in any of the following places unless otherwise indicated by posted signs, markings, or other traffic control devices, or at the direction of a law enforcement officer, or as otherwise provided in this subdivision:
“(2) Hydrants. Stopping, Standing, and Parking is prohibited] [w] within fifteen feet of a fire hydrant, unless otherwise indicated by signs, or parking meters, except that during the period from sunrise to sunset, if standing is not otherwise prohibited, the operator of a passenger car may stand the vehicle alongside a fire hydrant provided that the operator remains in the operator’s seat ready for immediate operation of the vehicle at all times and starts the motor of the car on hearing the approach of fire apparatus, and provided further, that the operator shall immediately remove the car from alongside the fire hydrant when instructed to do so by any member of the police, fire, or other municipal department acting in their official capacity.”
Can you “stop, drop and go” within 15 feet of a fire hydrant?
YES. But, I would argue that you can also “stop, drop, and stay” if you otherwise qualify for the exception to the fire hydrant rule.
- You are permitted to stand your vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant between sunrise and sunset, as long as a licensed driver is seated behind the wheel, with the keys, ready to move the car when instructed to do so by a person authorized under these rules.
- A commercial vehicle cannot stand within 15 feet of a fire hydrant. In other words, the exception to this rule is limited to passenger vehicles.
- Your excellent, intelligent, 15-year-old son, who will be getting his license soon, cannot remain seated behind the wheel to qualify for the exception while you run into the coffee shop.
- Try not to fall asleep in the front seat while waiting for your child to finish her violin lessons because you are not ready to move the car when the warrior or cops show up (and you know they will right after you fall asleep).
Do you stop, drop, and stay within 15 feet of a fire hydrant? Any NYC fire hydrant ticket stories? Please share them with our community. It helps all of us when you do.
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