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Saving Spaces Breaks The Law

Saving Spaces Breaks The Law

There has been lots of conjecture as summer approaches that people illegally saving parking spaces on public streets will become a larger, and perhaps more violent problem than it has been in the past.

In recent weeks there have been complaints in both Broad Channel and in the West End of Rockaway that the continuation of the practice will inevitably lead to violence.

"I was looking for a parking space on one of the beach blocks where parking is legal," a man who asked to remain anonymous recently told the Wave. "There were garbage cans blocking the space so I got out and moved them. A guy came running out of the house, threatening to destroy my car if I left it in the spot. I pulled out because it was not worth getting killed for."

After bringing the problem to the public eye in recent issues, The Wave received a number of queries asking if there was indeed a law against saving parking spaces on public streets and, if so, who was responsible for that law’s enforcement.

A check with the New York City Traffic Regulations revealed that Section 4-08, Section 8, Subsection 7 reads:

"It shall be unlawful for any person to reserve a parking space, or prevent any vehicle from parking on a public street through his/her presence in the roadway, the use of hand signals, or by placing any box, crate, hand-cart, dolly or any other device, including unauthorized pavement, curb or street markings, or signs in the roadway..."

The regulation is enforced by the NYPDE and a summons can be issued for its violation.

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