Last Updated on June 25, 2015 by Lawrence Berezin
Parking ticket traps are springing up everywhere
Sue recently brought this parking ticket trap to my attention after being hit with a $115 no stopping violation. My first thought was why would an experienced member of the driving public park her chariot in a no stopping zone?
My second thought was to check out the scene of the no stopping crime (via Google Maps and a photograph from Sue).
My third thought was to alert the driving public about the latest parking ticket trap.
The evolution of a parking ticket trap
I feel like I participated in an archeological dig. Once upon a time, a long, long time ago in Parking Ticket Land…
There was bumpy, broken roadway and sidewalk in front of the Essential Spa on Grand Street. There was a no stopping sign and a fire hydrant regulating the curb space (what curb space?) in front of the Essential Spa.
The NYC DOT decided to bestow a benefit on the business owners and frequent sidewalk and roadway travelers by repairing the mess.
During the construction period, the DOT changed the parking sign to a No Standing (temporary construction) sign.
Wow. A new bicycle lane with safety zones and bright white lines clearly delineating the legal parking spaces. Right? Nope. Let’s check out the parking sign that regulates the bright white parking lines in front of Essential Spa. Below you’ll find a photograph of the current landscape on Grand Street.
Oops…I see what I mean. There’s a:
- Red sign that prohibits stopping
- Green bike lane
- White safety zone
- fire hydrantf
- Bright white lines delineating “legal” parking spaces (be careful. It’s a trap)
Parking sign versus parking lines. Who wins?
The parking sign wins. No, contest. Parking signs that prohibit parking (the arrow points to what appear to be legal parking spaces) trump white lines on the roadway.
Let me refresh your memory. Here’s another trap. Same hierarchy of rules apply:
- No trumps yes
- Signs trump lines
I wish the Evil Empire and its colleague, the NYC DOT, would make these confusing parking areas clear. I wish this was a legal parking space. I wish don’t get a parking ticket…and so on and so on.
“If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.”
Knowledge is power.
Extra credit: Does the fire hydrant’s 15 foot “no park zone” control the parking spaces in the white bright lines?