Last Updated on October 15, 2023 by Lawrence Berezin
Learning all the NYC parking signs for “No Standing” takes relentless repetition.
Learning the NYC parking signs that display rules for no standing, no parking, and no stopping is not an easy task. Separating the truth from the myths about the three parking zones is even more difficult, especially when the two little words “no stopping, “no standing,” or “no parking” do not appear on the parking sign.
For example, check out the above photo of two parking signs on the same gotcha pole. The top red sign is easy. It displays those two little words, “no standing.” But what about the white bottom sign that says, “Truck Loading Only?” Is it a no-standing sign, no no-parking sign, or a no-stopping sign? (Answer: No standing).
But why is distinguishing between a no-standing zone and a no-parking zone critical?
Because the zone determines the activities you can perform in the area. For example, in a no-standing zone, you can only stop temporarily to drop off or pick up passengers and must leave the zone immediately. While in a no-parking area, you are permitted to drop off people and property.
A Truck Loading Only Rule is considered a no-standing rule (Yikes) in the NYC Traffic Rules.
Larry’s Guide to Redesigned Parking Signs
True or False? The redesigned parking signs make parking a breeze. Likewise, I understand every sign and have zero questions about its meaning. If your answer is True, then you don’t need this guide. (False for most of us!)
On the other hand, if the redesigned signs are still confusing, you might benefit from some tips about understanding them and parking safely.
Just click the pretty button below. You’ll be glad you did!
No Standing Zone
Don’t forget, no stopping, no standing, and no parking are the same thing; halting your vehicle. “I came, I saw, I conquered…Julius Caesar.” “I stop, I stand, I park.” So, what’s the difference?
The difference is the activity you can perform in each zone. For example, in a no-stopping area, you cannot stop temporarily to drop off or pick up a passenger expeditiously. However, in a no-standing zone, you are permitted to stop temporarily if you are actively engaged in dropping off or picking up a passenger at the curb and leaving immediately. But, no packages!
On the other hand, you can pick up or drop off a passenger with her stuff in a no-parking zone. But, you can only stop temporarily and expeditiously drop off or pick up the passenger and her stuff and leave the area immediately. No waiting!
Remember these immortal words, “I stop, I stand, I park.” These three activities are the same thing, halting your vehicle. However, the parking ticket gods will allow you to stop temporarily to drop off or pick up a passenger (to and from the curb) as long as you leave the area immediately.
In other words, you can stop, drop and go. But, you cannot stop, drop, and wait for your Aunt Tillie to cross the street.
Take this brief 3-question quiz
1. I can park my vehicle in a no-standing zone. True or False?
2. I can unload all my groceries to the curb in a no-standing zone. True or false?
3. Stopping, standing, and parking are the same thing. True or False.
Any questions or comments? The answers to these three questions will be posted tomorrow.
- False 2.False 3. True