Last Updated on October 17, 2021 by Lawrence Berezin
5 NYC parking rules you may not know
Did you know this NYC parking rule?
1. M(1) Wrong way parking prohibited.
Except where angle parking is authorized, every vehicle stopped, standing, or parked partly upon a roadway shall be so stopped, standing, or parked parallel to the curb or edge of the roadway. On a one-way roadway, such vehicle shall be facing in the direction of authorized traffic movement; on a two-way roadway, such vehicle shall be facing in the direction of authorized traffic movement on that portion of the roadway on which the vehicle rests.
2. M(2) NYC parking rule about angle standing or parking.
Notwithstanding the above, no vehicle that is too long and/or too wide to be parked within a single designated parking space shall be parked in such a space that is designated for angle parking.
How do you park on a:
- At the end of a dead-end street?
- One-way street?
It’s tricky. If you park on an angle (“head-on”) you risk a parking ticket for a violation of M(2). If you park parallel to the curb, you risk the rancor or your neighbors. I suggest that you carefully evaluate the parking ticket for omitted, misdescribed, or illegible required elements.
And, you do your homework to ascertain whether you have a substantive defense to the alleged parking violation. For example, if you angle park on the end of a cul-de-sac, and you get a double parking ticket, you were charged with violating the wrong NYC parking rule. Double parking is stopping, standing, or parking on the roadway side of a vehicle, standing or parking next to the curb.
3. K(7) NYC parking rule about vehicles equipped with platform lifts.
4. L(2) NYC parking rule about special midtown rule: method of parking.
Except where otherwise restricted, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily, except Sundays, from 14th to 60th Streets, 1st to 8th Avenues, all-inclusive, in the Borough of Manhattan, no operator of a vehicle or combination of vehicles
used for transportation of merchandise shall stop, stand, or park in any of the streets herein designated, other than parallel and close to the curb, and occupy no more than ten feet of roadway space from the nearest curb, and in no case shall any such vehicle be backed in at an angle to the curb
5. L(3) Special midtown rule: standing time limit.
Stay out of Midtown Mondays through Saturdays unless you are operating a commercial vehicle. However if you venture into the black hole of Midtown:
- Don’t park your commercial vehicle without paying the Muni Meter.
- There is a 3-hour limit on a single block, so you can’t move your commercial chariot from one “parking space” to another “parking space” on a single block
- But, you can park on the other side of the street on a single block
- If your truck isn’t “altered” then it’s not considered a “commercial vehicle” for stopping, standing, or parking in NYC…Beware and be warned!
“…and miles to go before we sleep.”
Here’s a helpful page on the Evil Empires website.