NYC Council Creates Five-Minute Grace Period for Parking

November 19, 2009 Updated: November 19, 2009

NEW YORK—The City Council voted to approve a five-minute grace period for alternate side and muni-meter parking violations on Thursday.

In fiscal year 2008, the city issued close to 10 million parking tickets; of these tickets, 28,000 were issued at the exact moment that alternate side parking restrictions went into effect and 276,000 were issued within five minutes of alternate side parking going into effect.

To address these types of infractions, the city used to have an informal grace period policy but this policy was subsequently eliminated. The new legislation will take effect 90 days after being signed into law by the mayor.

“Tickets should only be issued to promote compliance,” said Council Member Simcha Felder. “Anyone with common sense and decency understands the need for a five-minute grace period to eliminate ‘Gotcha tickets.’”

The bill will also improve notification about temporary and permanent changes in parking restrictions and improve Department of Transportation notification about various parking meter changes.

“Taken together, these parking bills will make parking around our city both clearer and fairer for all New York City drivers,” said Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn.