Think again, says one Crown Heights bus driver. Although everyone seems to think you can’t get a ticket for double parking during alternate side parking hours, many discover the truth to their unpleasant surprise: Although they usually choose to ignore the practice, cops issue tickets for it all the time.
We received this e-mail from a concerned Crown Heights bus driver:
I can’t tell you how many telephone calls and E-mails I receive sharing a double parking sob story. It goes something like this… “I’ve been double parking on street cleaning days for years…” Or, “I was sitting in my car, double parked on the opposite side of the street waiting for the rule to change on street cleaning day, and a warrior walked up to me and handed me a parking ticket…How dare she!
How about this one, ”double parking on street cleaning days is permitted in my neighborhood.” My bags are packed!
If you walk past a sleeping crocodile 50 days in a row, is it safe to walk past the sleeping croc on the 51st day? Of course not. It’s safe to walk past the sleeping croc until the croc wakes up hungry and eats you for dinner.
My point is this. You can double park on street cleaning days until a parking ticket warrior decides you can’t, and gives you a parking ticket. It is as simple as that. No warning, no notice, just a $115 wake up call, and reminder double parking is illegal on street cleaning days.
Do you double park on street cleaning days? Do you realize it is illegal, a parking ticket crime punishable by a $115 orange envelope?
Even if double parking on cleaning days would be legal, there’s still the matter of common sense. If you’re neighbor forgot to move his car, don’t double park on the other side, blocking traffic! Leave enough space so a 25 foot truck or school bus can pass easily!
In addition, be kind and leave your phone number by the windshield, in-case your blocking a parked vehicle (from leaving) or blocking the street.