Below is a section from PARKAZINE Edition 2/13/07 which describes an incident where a police officer gave wrong parking information to a driver of a passenger vehicle. Please tell us what you think about this:
PARKAZINE reader Abby emailed me this great question: "While in Manhattan, police people told me that vans that had their back seats removed were considered commercial vehicles, whether or not they had commercial license plates, & whether or not they were apparently so used. They also said that unless they were legally parked...
... in an area designated for commercial vehicles, they could be ticketed & towed. As the owner of a mini-van w/o back seats I was shocked to hear this. The officers said they had issued such tickets. If I wish to have only 2 seats in my van, how does that qualify me to be ticketed & towed?"
Answer: Well, Abby, according to the City’s own brochure entitled "Parking Tickets and Commercial Vehicles", the police person you spoke with was completely incorrect. The brochure states: "Under NYC traffic rules, to be considered a "commercial vehicle", that vehicle:
It goes on to say that " if that commercial vehicle is also a passenger automobile or van, it cannot have rear seats nor rear seat fittings".
So in plain English, this means that if you don’t have commercial plates and your company’s name on the side of the vehicle, you’re not considered a commercial vehicle. The only way that the rear seats come in to play is that if you are a commercial vehicle, you CAN’T have rear seats, which is about the opposite of what the police officer said.
Now I don’t know about you, but this worries me. I don’t mean that the rule worries me - I’m fine with that. What worries me is that this police officer is either:
I have great respect for the NYPD; theirs is a tough job that all of us should appreciate. It frustrates me to no end, however, that this police officer, whether by honest mistake, negligence or for some more sinister purpose is giving out the wrong information about a parking regulation. What do you think?