Last Updated on December 4, 2023 by Lawrence Berezin
Grasping the meaning of an NYC parking sign requires “Babbel” on Steroids.
Knowing the meaning of NYC parking signs is as tricky as figuring out a professional football team’s defensive scheme. For example, a quarterback has 3-4 seconds or fewer to read a defense and deliver a pass to an open receiver.
Likewise, a driver only has a few seconds to decide whether it’s safe to park. If they guess wrong, there is a parking fine to pay.
Meanwhile, if you take the time to learn the meaning of the parking signs, your hard-earned dough will stay safely in your wallet–where it belongs.
Table of contents
Estimated reading time: 6 minutes
NYC Parking checklist
The three-headed monster on the gotcha pole
It takes five years for a pro quarterback to master his trade. Likewise, It takes about the same time for the driving public to understand the rules displayed by three signs on one pole.
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!
Here’s an ambush
I wrote a blog post about the baffling truck loading-only sign, and I suggest checking it out to learn the meaning of this new sign. The bottom line is that when a sign does not display the days and hours, the rule affects all days and all hours.
My question is, “Can a passenger vehicle park during the days and hours the red no standing sign is in effect? How about a commercial vehicle? Does this combination of a red no-standing sign and a truck loading-only sign mean that neither a commercial vehicle nor a passenger vehicle can park during the days and hours the red no-standing sign is in effect?
The rule is in effect all days and all times
The rule regulates the curb space in both directions
You have to obey the stricter rules.
Larry’s Update: As we all know by now, the Evil Empire has completed a significant project by replacing all the old, totally confusing signs with new, redesigned signs that are just plain confusing. We don’t have to interpret the “double except,” but the single except still applies (No standing, except Sundays).
I think the redesigned signs are easier to understand than the old signs. However, parking safely is a significant challenge when multiple rules appear on gotcha poles. As you drive by the pole, you must read the signs, process the rules, and decide whether or not to park there. If you stop too long, you’ll lose the space or get a parking ticket.
Here’s a link to the DOT NYC Parking Regulations Map.
Have you ever been charged with a parking violation when you couldn’t see the sign? You may wish to read one of our hidden sign defense success stories.
You may check out the redesigned sign guide below to compare total confusion with plain confusion.
I’m rooting for all of us.