Learning NYC parking signs for no standing takes relentless repetition
Learning the three iconic NYC parking signs is not an easy task. And separating the parking ticket wheat from the myths and mysteries of the 3 no standing zones chaff is even more difficult, especially when the two little words, “no standing” are not displayed on the parking sign.
For example, check out the above photo of the two parking signs on the same gotcha pole. The top red sign is easy, right? It displays those two little words, “no standing.” But, what about the bottom white sign that says, “Truck Loading Only?” Is it a no standing sign? The answer, yes. How do I know? because you have to read the rule and it tells you a Truck Loading Only is a no standing rule (Yikes)!
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? Great question. The difference is the activity you can do in each zone. For example, in a no stopping zone, you cannot stop temporarily to expeditiously drop off or pick up a passenger. However, in a no standing zone, you are permitted to stop temporarily as long as you are actively engaged in dropping off or picking up a passenger at the curb. But, no packages!
You can pick up or drop off a passenger with her stuff in a no parking zone, as long as you stop temporarily and expeditiously drop off or pick up the passenger and her stuff and leave the area immediately.
You can never, ever, justify halting your vehicle alongside the curb in a No Standing zone by claiming your car was unoccupied; ergo your vehicle was parked, not standing. You are parking ticket toast.
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) and leave the area immediately. 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 of 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 3 questions will be posted tomorrow.
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