Parking Tickets Issued in Heights on Rosh Hashanah

Community Board 2’s Executive Director Robert Perris has sent us the following:

Several people got tickets in Brooklyn Heights today despite the fact that alternate side of the street parking was suspended for the second day of Rosh Hashanah. Shana tova!

Similar incidents have happened in the past because the parking regulations on the narrow streets in Brooklyn Heights, where parking is permitted on one side of the street only on six days of the week and the other side on the seventh day, do not have street cleaning parking rules but the rules are nevertheless suspended when street cleaning rules are suspended.

People who wish to fight their tickets should invoke Section 4-08(a)(7)(iii)(D) of the New York City Department of Transportation’s Traffic Rules (aka Title 34, Chapter 4 of the Rules of the City of New York), which states, “Posted signs restricting parking for a period of six or more consecutive hours on one day per week or on alternate days are not street cleaning parking rules. However, such restrictions are suspended on the days that street cleaning rules are suspended.”

The City’s Traffic Rules are available online here.

Thanks, Rob!

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  • MaggieO

    i’d be curious to know where exactly the ticketed folks were parked. there’s a tendency of people to park on BOTH sides of the 6-day/1-day streets during suspension, which, as I understand it, is not allowed. The streets are too narrow to accommodate parking on both sides at the same time.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    All along Pierrepont Street (south side except between Willow and Hicks, where you can park 6 days a week) tickets were given. Cars parked on the north side (Tuesdays only) did not have tickets. Montague Terrace got the same treatment. Not sure about other streets.

    I have two theories, and I’m curious to know what others think:

    (1) The traffic cops literally do not know what day it is. They are ignorant of ASP suspensions, or are otherwise demonstrating a lack of basic ability to do their jobs; let’s lump placard abuse and glaring inconsistency onto this one too.

    (2) The NYPD is fishing for revenue, hoping some car owners will be too lazy to fight the tickets.

    Either of these suggest some serious systemic problems with the NYPD’s, or at least the 84th’s, traffic division, which I hope we will have the opportunity to address in some formal way soon. I think we are at least owed a reasonable explanation.

  • HN

    I believe it’s the latter. Would love to hear how successful people have been in fighting similar tickets in recent months.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    If anyone can make it to tonight’s meeting (I can’t) I hope that these issues will be addressed and that the NYPD will be forced to give a valid explanation.

  • Andrew Porter

    Tonight’s meeting of what???

  • StudioBrooklyn
  • Mike R

    I’ve received exactly one ticket in 25 years for parking on the south side of Pierrepont Street on a suspended Tuesday. My assumption was that it was not legal but the police almost always ignored it. This past Tuesday, I was parked in a similar spot on Pineapple Street and did not get ticketed. Pierrepont people were not so lucky, meaning that it’s a complete crapshoot. The precinct should notify all residents as to what it can and cannot do in similar situations.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Has anyone else who got one of these erroneous tickets and fought it heard back from the powers that be?

    I submitted my appeal using the Pay or Dispute app on September 17th, which generated a confirmation email from the NYC department of finance. I haven’t heard back from them or anyone directly regarding the verdict but today I was curious and checked the app. It listed the ticket decision as guilty! This doesn’t sound legit, since the city always emails verdicts or sends them in the mail, and in any case there was no way I was actually guilty, and laid out a very clearly presented case.

    Looking for others’ experiences. Thanks!