Last Updated on January 3, 2017 by Lawrence Berezin
The NYC fire hydrant parking tickets rule
This is the first in a series of blog posts about the NYC fire hydrant parking tickets rule, to help you avoid fire hydrant parking tickets.
“Hydrants.[Stopping, Standing, and Parking is prohibited] [w]ithin fifteen feet of a fire hydrant, unless otherwise indicated by signs, or parking meters, except that during the period from sunrise to sunset if standing is not otherwise prohibited, the operator of a passenger car may stand the vehicle alongside a fire hydrant provided that the operator remains in the operator’s seat ready for immediate operation of the vehicle at all times and starts the motor of the car on hearing the approach of fire apparatus, and provided further, that the operator shall immediately remove the car from alongside the fire hydrant when instructed to do so by any member of the police, fire, or other municipal department acting in his/her official capacity.”
Can you “stop, drop and go” within 15 feet of a fire hydrant?
In my humble opinion…YES. Here’s why:
- Although fire hydrants are classified as no stopping zones, a passenger vehicle is permitted to stand within 15 feet of a fire hydrant as long as a licensed driver remains seated behind the wheel…Between sunrise and sunset
- When you are receiving or discharging a passenger, you are NOT “standing” your vehicle
- You can stop temporarily to drop-off or pick-up passengers within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, but this benefit may be limited to the hours between sunrise and sunset (see above)
- You are permitted to stand your vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant between sunrise and sunset; as long as a licensed driver is seated behind the wheel, ready to move the car, when instructed to do so by a person authorized under these rules
Do you stop, drop and go within 15 feet of a fire hydrant? Any NYC fire hydrant parking ticket stories? Please share them with our community. It helps all of us when you do.