Proposed Task Force Would Take On Confusing Parking Signs

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) – – If you have been confused by parking signs stacked on top of each other with conflicting directions, you’re not alone. Councilman Dan Garodnick understands your dilemma.

1010 WINS reporter Stan Brooks was at City Hall Thursday morning where Garodnick unveiled his new plan to address the City’s signage, which he says should not require a PhD to understand.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks Reports From City Hall

“I’ve heard from constituents who said they read the sign, and then they re-read the sign and even paid the meter in some cases. And then they got a ticket,” said Garodnick.

Garodnick called the signs confusing and crazy and that they often leave drivers and enforcement agents alike scratching their heads.

He cited an example from 42nd Street which read, “No standing 7am-10am and 4pm-7pm Monday-Friday.” A ticket was issued at that location on a Sunday.

So, Garodnick has introduced a bill that would create a task force charged with coming up with easy to understand messages.

If passed, the signs would appear city-wide so drivers can park without the confusion.

Ever get a ticket because of confusing parking signage? Tell us about it in our comments section below.

  • Ralph Kramden

    The solution is simple… Ride buses and subways like NORMAL people.

  • tourist

    I think the signs are a cheap ploy by the city to raise revenue.

    As the tourist, there is nothing more bitter than having a hefty ticket in your hand after you had your bit of the city. In times like these where people are trying to make the most of their buck, the city should encourage tourism and make the city really tourist friendly.

    I for one am going to visit Philadelphia and am not going to visit NYC at all. Even Philadelphia has great museums, great history, affordable parking and somewhat clear signs regarding parking.

    Bye bye NYC! You have lost some tourists for sure!!!

  • Stan Lubowicki
  • The Realist

    This calls for a simple, two-part solution:

    For motorists: You already know what “stopping,” “standing,” and “parking” mean, so just READ the signs and proceed accordingly.

    For enforcers: You already know what “stopping,” “standing,” and “parking” mean, so just READ the signs and proceed accordingly.

    If two regulations seem to conflict, assume the more restrictive rule.

  • sign hater

    its about time

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