Last Updated on April 11, 2022 by Lawrence Berezin
Parking ticket news you may not know about
There is so much daily parking ticket news, that it’s hard to digest all the stories.
Here are some items that got my attention. Likewise, I hope they grab yours.
Parking ticket news about vigilante idling bounty hunters
I love a great western. Steve McQueen was my all-time favorite. Meanwhile, can you remember the name of the show?
I love a fantastic posse chase scene. That’s where the sheriff leads a posse and rides after the bad guys. Likewise, my favorite posse was the one in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
The NYC Council has empowered the townsfolk to hunt down people who idle their engines. And the Council has offered a bounty for information leading to the conviction of the illegal engine idlers.
The New York City Administrative Code, Title 24, Section 24-163 establishes that no person should allow the engine of a motor vehicle to idle for longer than three minutes while parking, standing, or stopping. However, there are two exceptions to this rule. The exceptions apply to the following:
- Legally authorized emergency motor vehicles, and
- Vehicles whose engine is used to operate a loading, unloading, or processing device.
In addition, the legal idling time is reduced from three minutes to one minute around public and private school facilities as set forth in the Local Law of the City of New York Number 5 for the year 2009.
Businesses in the construction industry and commercial, cultural, and manufacturing establishments that own, rent, and/or use motor vehicles should become familiar with the Idling Regulations. Failure to comply with Idling Regulations might result in significant financial penalties, as set forth in the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY) Title 15, Air Code Penalty Schedule. Please refer to the links below under Additional Information to download the Air Code Penalty Schedule.
Here are some more resources to read and react to:
- “NYC will pay you big bucks for ratting out idling trucks, buses“-NY Post
- The NY Times wrote an article about engine idling bounty hunters
- Dear Diary: How I Caught My First Idler-Streetsblog NYC
A thoughtful friend of the New York Parking Ticket, Clem, recently dropped a comment on our website about these bounty hunters.
There’s a problem with this vigilante-enforced law. The vigilantes are unaware of their obligation to document that the offending truck was not entitled to idle due to its running power equipment (platform lift, cargo box refrigeration, or heating system) that requires the engine to run during the operation of said equipment. Summonses are issued, in one case I’m aware of first-hand, as much as two years or more after the fact with no interim notice given to the offending party!clem
Pending law before NYC Council
This bill would prohibit a person from using a vehicle to reserve a parking space on a public street and would prohibit a person from continuously parking a vehicle in the same location on a street or roadway for more than five consecutive days. It would also require the Department of Transportation to conduct outreach to alert vehicle owners and relevant stakeholders of these changes.NYC Council
Can people with COVID-19 Special Parking Permits park in the Garment District?
A driver posed the above question.
4-08(l)(4). Parking in the garment district is restricted to trucks.
Notwithstanding any provisions of these rules to the contrary, no vehicles except trucks and vans bearing commercial plates shall stand at the curb for the purpose of expeditiously loading and unloading between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily, including Sundays, from 35th Street to 41st Street, between Avenue of the Americas and 8th Avenue, all-inclusive, in the Borough of Manhattan. For the purpose of this paragraph (4), passenger vehicles or station wagons bearing commercial plates shall not be
deemed trucks or vans.
The Covid-19 Parking Privileges PDF provides the answer.
Miles to go before we sleep.