Last Updated on September 10, 2021 by Lawrence Berezin
Parking ticket tips that will save you money
Believe it or not, you can find helpful parking ticket tips on the NYC Government website. However, you have to know where to look.
I am going to highlight some of these bundles of wisdom for you to cogitate.
Are you ready to fill up your baskets with valuable tips straight from the “horse’s mouth.?” O.K., here we go.
Parking ticket tips about the parking rules
The Evil Empire’s mission is to enforce its prodigious number of parking restrictions. In other words, to collect outrageous amounts of our money for the city’s moneybox.
Meanwhile, the Evil Empire interprets some of these restrictions on the city government website (under the 311 tab).
The Evil Empire states, “It is illegal to double park passenger vehicles at all times. Commercial vehicles may double park to make quick pick-ups, deliveries, or service calls during posted hours only. More details are in the City’s traffic rules in Chapter 4, Section 4-08, subdivision (f), paragraph (1) of the Rules of the City of New York.”
Larry’s comment: On the other hand, another view supported in writing by the PVB and Larry that the double parking rule is a no-standing zone and, therefore, allows a vehicle to stop temporarily to drop off or pick up people (at curbside) and skedaddle. In other words, straight from the Evil Empire’s mouth! See “Got Tickets? Your Guide to Parking Ticket Hearings” published by the Department of Finance, Adjudication Division, pages 10 and 14.
If you know that your chariot can get into a lot of trouble, “Unless a posted sign says otherwise, you may not leave a vehicle parked in the same spot for more than seven days in a row. This rule includes spots in all types of neighborhoods, including residential areas.
Commercial Vehicles and Standpipes
Commercial Vehicle Street Storage and Overnight Parking
“Unless posted signs say otherwise, commercial vehicles may not be parked on any street for more than 3 hours. Commercial vehicles may not park on a residential street between 9 PM and 5 AM.”
Parking by a Standpipe
Do you know what a Standpipe is? How about whether you are limited to parking more than 15 feet from a standpipe? Here are the answers
‘A standpipe is the two-headed pipe in front of every mid-rise and high-rise building in New York City. It is often red but could be another color. Standpipes are not considered hydrants. You can park in front of a standpipe.”
This is what a standpipe looks like
What can you do about a blocked driveway?
What is more frustrating is to walk out of your home to go to work, pick up your child, or run an errand and find a badly behaved car blocking your driveway. Evil!
Meanwhile, here’s what you are legally allowed to do from the “horse’s mouth.”
Most likely, the offending vehicle has not plopped itself directly on your driveway. So, you’ll find a link to a form to complete.
Equally important, an explanation of what happens next.
The police may ticket the vehicle. If the vehicle has a ticket and you want it moved, you can call a private towing company or ask the local police precinct to contact “rotation tow.” The owner of the vehicle will have to pay any towing fees.
All you need to know about “The Boot”
You’ll find it on this parking tips webpage.
It is not often that the Evil Empire earns kudos for helping drivers navigate the bewildering jungle of restrictions and regulations found in NYC. Can you believe that its website can be a resource in our unending battle with parking tickets?