2005-02-04 / Community

Snow Renews Ire Over Reserving Parking Spaces

By Howard Schwach

The recent snow storm that dropped 14 inches of snow on Rockaway and Broad Channel has spurred a spate of complaints about people who are using cones and pails to “reserve” their parking spots on public streets.

Broad Channel resident Mo Sartor is a prime example of those who believe that the parking spots nearby their homes “belong” to them.

“I did not spend three hours shoveling my car out of my spot to have someone come and disrespect me by moving my cones,” Sartor wrote to The Wave. “Yes, I did use the word ‘my’ spot. If I were looking for a parking spot nearby those folk’s house, and saw the cones were out, I would keep driving.”

A quick tour of either Rockaway or Broad Channel would reveal that many people agree with Sartor.

Unfortunately, what he defends is illegal under New York City Traffic Regulation, Section 4-08, Part 8, Subsection 7, which 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.”

According to citywide police sources, a ticket can be written for the violation of the regulation.

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