Guide to NYC Parking Signs (And Those Pesky Tickets!)

There are more NYC street parking signs than we can count. Not being able to understand them is partly why NYC collects more than a half-billion dollars in parking tickets each year. A NYC parking ticket can cost anywhere from $35 to $150, and there are actually 98 different types of NYC parking violations.


Think Red, White, and Blue — Red signs are the most restrictive, and the most important. Then come the white signs. The blue signs are the least restrictive.

Red Signs are usually about No Parking, No Standing, No Stopping, and Red zones.
White Signs are usually about when street parking meters are in effect and bus lanes.
Blue Signs are usually about how to use the NYC Muni-Meter to pay for parking on the street, and Night Restrictions.

Only one Sign is Needed to Cover an Entire Block — even it it is posted far away from the parked vehicle. Saying you didn’t see the sign at the end of the block won’t get you out of a NYC parking ticket.

Look at the Arrows – because they indicate which section of the block falls under that sign. There are one-way and two-way arrows, and the sign applies until either the corner of the block or the next posted sign.


This NYC Street Parking Sign is a great example of the Red, White, and Blue levels of restriction. For passenger vehicles:

The red sign means that you can park on Saturday and Sunday, but the white signs tell you for how long and if you’ll have to pay the metered rate. During Monday through Friday, you can park only before 7am or after 6pm. But since it’s a No Standing zone during this time, you are allowed to drop off and pick up people, as long as you do so “temporarily,” which is considered 2 minutes or less.

The first white sign means that on Monday through Friday, from 6pm to midnight, you can park for six hours and must pay the metered rate at the meter.

The second white sign means that on Saturday, from 8am through midnight, you can park for six hours and must pay the metered rate at the meter.

The blue sign is telling you that the NYC Muni-Meter, where you will pay for your parking, is to the left of the sign.

All this means is that there is free street parking all day on Sunday and before 8am on Saturday.

Commercial vehicles can park for free, during Monday through Friday, before 7am or after 6pm. On Monday through Friday, they will have to pay the metered rate between 7am to 6pm, and they can stay a maximum of three hours. They fall under the white signs for metered parking on Saturday, from 8am to midnight, and Saturday, from 8am to midnight.


When defending a ticket for No Parking in NYC, keep the following in mind; In the event that the sign is missing, incorrectly stated, or conflicts with neighboring signs, you may submit overlapping photographs that show:

• The entire block, corner to corner, including the address where the vehicle was parked.

• All signs front and back.

• The signs indicating the street name.

Where the permit holder has the correct authorization (permit or plates for the zone), you may submit copies of your permit or registration.


NYC parking tickets are handled through the NYC Traffic Violations Bureau.

The New York City Department of Finance has instituted a Reduced Fine Program offering you a reduced fine for certain parking violations, in exchange for pleading guilty to the parking crime. This means you are waiving your right to a hearing and appeal. You may wish to follow these three simple suggestions:

Reply No Later than 99 days from the date your parking ticket was issued, because on the 100th day, bad things happen when your parking ticket lapses into judgment. For example, you are no longer eligible for the fine reduction program, interest is added to your base fine and penalties, and you risk having your vehicle towed when you are issued a parking ticket; and you have more than $100 in judgment.

Plead Not Guilty by mail — If you plead not guilty by mail, and your parking crime qualifies for the fine reduction program, you’ll receive a letter in a few weeks offering you a reduced fine (i.e. a Settlement Offer) in exchange for your guilty plea. You can accept the offer and pay the reduced fine.

Plead Not Guilty online — There is a page on the NYC DOF website where you can Plead NOT GUILTY and request a hearing. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and you’ll find, “Request hearing for” and a “GO” button. Click on the “GO” button. You’ll be taken to a page where you can plug in your violation number. Plug it in, and click on the “Search” button. If your parking ticket qualifies for the fine reduction program, a new page will pop uo offering you a reduced fine. Follow the simple instructions to accept the offer, and pay your reduced fine by credit card.

If your parking ticket is not eligible for the fine reduction program, cancel the action. NEVER, EVER FIGHT YOUR PARKING TICKET ONLINE. Remember you are clicking through this process to plead guilty to a reduced fine, not to fight your parking ticket online.

Or you can simply avoid all of these headaches by parking at one of our 23 Edison ParkFast locations. 🙂

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