Last Updated on October 7, 2021 by Lawrence Berezin
A question about the meaning of “Except” in NYC parking signs
The meaning of life is easy. But, how about the meaning of those mystifying NYC parking signs?
For example, Joe, a super member of the NYC driving community posed a question about the word, “Except” in those old, misbegotten parking signs, and here’s the answer.
No standing “Except” commercial vehicles metered parking 3-hour limit 7 A.M. – 7 P.M. “Except” Sunday
Meanwhile, the old double “except” whammy. Who can blame Joe for being a little confused? A double negative (“except except”) equals a positive. So, parking is PERMITTED on Sundays!
In the same vein, how about the first, “Except.” Here’s the trick…ignore it unless you’re driving a commercial vehicle. Simply read the sign as NO STANDING 7 A.M. – 7 P.M.
- Passenger vehicles are prohibited from standing Monday – Saturday between the hours of 7 A.M. to 7 P.M.
- On the other hand, passenger vehicles are permitted to stand all day on Sunday
- On the other hand, commercial vehicles are permitted to stand Monday – Saturday between the hours of 7 A.M. to 7 P.M. but must pay the meter
- Commercial vehicles are permitted to stand all day on Sunday
- All vehicles are permitted to stand before 7 A.M. and after 7 P.M. on Monday – Saturday
No standing except trucks loading & unloading 7 A.M. to 7 P.M. except Sunday
To clarify, this sign has two “Excepts.” Simply read the parking sign as No standing 7 A.M. to P.M. Monday-Saturday (because no specific days are mentioned and the second “Except” means you can park on Sunday).
Out with the old NYC parking signs in with the new
What happened to “Except?” You won’t find “Except” in the re-designed parking signs because the word has been eliminated from the parking sign vocabulary. The authors of the new sign language have sought clarity by adding positivity and eliminating negativity. Is it working?
Can you park here?
Top parking sign – on Tuesday at 8 pm? [Yes]
-Left Corner- Do you have to obey this piece of paper? [Yes]
-Center – Are you talking to me?
-Lower Right – On Wednesday, if you don’t own the property abutting the driveway? [No]
If you guess wrong and get a parking ticket, here are some evidence suggestions from the Evil Empire.
P.S. I love Monty Python (if you haven’t guessed by now)