Last Updated on September 23, 2021 by Lawrence Berezin
Alternate side parking fines increased to $65
With very little fanfare, the NYC Department of Sanitation announced last Wednesday that parking fines would increase the following day to $65 in all boroughs.
The Department of Sanitation says the change will help to keep the city healthy, safe, and clean. (Yea, right!)
Do the increased parking fines change your alternate side parking strategy?
Many drivers employ different strategies to make life a little easier while complying with ASP rules. Some people double park on the unrestricted side of the street. While others remain in their car on the restricted side of the roadway. And move when they see the sweeper.
However, parking fines are higher. $65 for a street cleaning violation makes it challenging to budget for your fair share of violations.
Here are some important street cleaning rule changes to know about.
Parking ticket tips are a good thing, right?
Did you know?
- It is illegal to double park on the unrestricted side of the street during street cleaning hours
- You can’t remain seated behind the wheel of your car on the restricted side of the roadway waiting for the sweeper before moving your car
- The 5-minute grace period applies to the start of a street cleaning rule, not the end
- For example, if street cleaning starts at 9 am, a Warrior or Cop is prohibited from issuing a street cleaning ticket until 9:06 am
I recommend that we re-think our street cleaning parking strategy for at least the next few months. Warrior and Cops are highly motivated to issue street cleaning rule violations with the current increased parking fine. I anticipate they will be less willing to turn the other cheek to the illegal customs that have developed in every neighborhood.
Change is tough, but paying $65 each time you guess wrong will be very expensive. Remember, pain is a motivator for change. Try to refrain from double parking on the unrestricted side of the street or remain seated behind the wheel of your chariot on the restricted side of the street during street cleaning hours.
However, if you do get hit with a street cleaning violation, check the front of your ticket for omitted, misdescribed, and illegible required elements.
Remember that if you are sitting behind the wheel when a ticket is issued, the Warrior or Cop is required to enter your name on the ticket.