Last Updated on September 28, 2023 by Lawrence Berezin
Don’t park commercial vehicles overnight in an NYC residential neighborhood.
Our friend Joe squeezed out a few bucks making deliveries with his commercial truck in NYC. However, He wasn’t able to make much profit during these difficult economic times. Therefore, every penny counts.
Likewise, a single $115 NYC parking ticket can be the difference between winning and losing the day.
Meanwhile, today is a win. Unfortunately, Joe’s luck is about to change.
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Here’s the Restriction
No person shall park a commercial vehicle overnight in NYC on a residential street between 9:00 P.M. and 5:00 A.M.
Here’s the challenge
In other words, how do you distinguish a commercial street from a residential street?
Firstly, let’s go to the NYC zoning map to identify one of the eight commercial districts. Meanwhile, the Evil Empire permits parking commercial vehicles between 9P-5A in commercial districts, subject to the provisions of 4-08(k)(5).
Can I Register My Truck As A Passenger Vehicle?
There is some confusion about whether you can register a pickup truck as a passenger-class vehicle. To clarify, the answer is yes, you can! The next question is how to do it.
This guide will explain how and answer some frequently asked questions (straight from the NY DMV).
Another rule comes into play when parking your commercial vehicle between 9P-5A.
4-08(k)(5) street storage of commercial vehicles prohibited. When parking is not otherwise restricted, no person shall park a commercial vehicle in an area, including a residential area, in excess of three hours.”
We have beaten parking tickets for alleged violations of 4-08(k)(5):
-By persuading a parking ticket judge,
Firstly, with the proper documentation,
Secondly, the driver of the commercial vehicle
Thirdly, moved the vehicle before the expiration of the 3 hours;
And finally, returned to a parking space on the same block.
Here’s a page on the DOT website you need to read.
May I suggest a starting point?
Learn what constitutes a commercial district.
“Commercial activities in the city are permitted in eight commercial districts based on their functional similarities and locational requirements. Small retail and service shops in C 1 and C 2 districts serve the immediate needs of surrounding residential communities.
-C4 districts are home to larger stores with more goods and services. For example, borough-wide regional retail centers like Main Street in Flushing and Fordham Road in the Bronx.
-C5 and C 6 districts, are central business districts that serve the city, the region, and the nation. They are mapped in Midtown, Lower Manhattan, Downtown Brooklyn, and Long Island City.
-District C 3 for waterfront recreation,
-Amusement parks in District C 7
-And, C 8 for heavy repair shops and automotive uses.”
Here’s a link to the NYC Department of City Planning: Zoning Maps
Between the Commercial Overview and Zoning Maps, you should be able to pick some space to park your commercial vehicle overnight without being issued an NYC parking ticket.
An exception to the rule
You are permitted to park your commercial vehicle on a residential street between 9:00 P.M. and 5:00 A.M., subject to 4-08(k)(5) provisions.
– if you are actively engaged in a commercial enterprise at premises located within three city blocks of where the summons was issued.