Western Brooklyn

Greenfield: Give Drivers 24 Hours Notice Before Parking Changes

David G. Greenfield
Source: council.nyc.gov

Parking is never easy in New York City, even for those lucky enough to actually find a space.

Such is the case when the city enforces temporary, unannounced parking changes, especially when those changes result in motorists finding their cars towed. Councilman David Greenfield, who had his car towed in such a scenario, is looking to change the system and force the city to give drivers 24-hour notice of temporary parking changes, according to a report by the New York Daily News.

Greenfield ran into trouble when his car was towed after parking in front of City Hall, hours before city police placed no parking notices on the area. Currently, there is no law on the books that requires the city to notify drivers of parking changes brought on by special events or special security considerations.

“There’s no reason why the City of New York cannot provide a courtesy to drivers and put up a sign 24 hours in advance,” Greenfield told the Daily News.


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  1. Years ago alternate side of the parking changed on parts of Ocean Avenue. After the new signs were installed, there was a grace period of one week when no tickets were issued. That should be the norm.

  2. Why he is asking for only 24 hours? This is not enough. And why he didn’t think about this issue before his car was towed?

  3. […] Last month we reported on Councilman David Greenfield’s effort to make the city inform drivers 24-hours in advance of temporary parking changes. While Greenfield hasn’t been able to change the law entirely, he has been able to ensure that those unfairly ticketed during construction on 55th Street in Borough Park didn’t have to pay their fines, according to a press release: The situation began this past December, when the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) began work to repair existing sewer lines and install a new water main, catch basins and manholes along 55th Street in Borough Park. The contractor hired by the city installed a “No Standing” sign on the block and wrote “6 AM to 6 PM” on it in black marker. Unfortunately, the NYPD and traffic agents ignored the hand-written time stipulation and issued parking tickets to at least 15 residents. After inquiries from Councilman Greenfield, the DDC determined that a sign stating “No Standing 7 AM to 4 PM Monday to Friday” should have been installed at the site, which would have allowed residents to park there each evening once work was complete for the day. […]