Bill says no more to unannounced “no standing” signs
by Heather Senison
Dec 14, 2011 | 8278 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Department of Transportation may soon have to give communities a heads-up before installing new “no standing” signs on New York City streets, under a bill introduced recently by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley.

According to her office, the city started “daylighting” corners in her district, a safety measure intended to give drivers more visibility at intersections. However, residents who were unaware of the changes received parking tickets or worse, had their cars towed.

The bill would require the city to post notice at the affected corners at least a week before parking changes.

“The ticketing and towing of vehicles immediately after a new 'no standing' sign is an unfair practice by the city,” Crowley said in a statement. “Local communities should receive proper notification before parking policy changes.”

Glendale Civic Association President Kathy Masi said her son was affected by an abrupt “no standing” sign when he moved into his apartment on 72nd Place in Glendale last year.

He parked his car on Myrtle Avenue one night, she said, and the city installed a no parking sign the next morning. When her son went out to his car the next day, he had a ticket.

Masi's son sent an affidavit with a witness statement to the city, but could not get the ticket dismissed, she said.

“This legislation is a great idea,” Masi said, “it will eliminate people being blind-sided by traffic signs. Signs can be confusing enough when you know they are there.

“It would also help eliminate some unexpected tickets during these economic hard times,” she added.

A representative from the Department of Transportation could not provide a comment on the legislation before a hearing.

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