Alternate Side parking has made life a little tougher for drivers in NYC since its adoption decades ago. New York drivers spend an average of 90 minutes a week sitting in their cars awaiting the all-powerful street sweepers. 90 minutes that cuts into lunch, or a meeting, or time with family. Most of the drivers are just waiting for time to tick away so they can go back to their original parking space, just stuck on the side like a frozen Pong game. Hey, that’s the law, according to alternate side parking. Drivers must keep the side clear for the 90-minute period, regardless of when the street’s actually cleaned. However, times they are a changin’… finally. Legislation proposed by Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez suggests that alternate side parking regulations allow drivers to resume parking in their respective, and much coveted spaces immediately when the street sweepers have cleared the block.
As expected, the people of NYC are fully behind Councilman Rodriguez’s efforts. The only opposition is from NYC’s Sanitation Department, citing the new rule would impede the street sweepers from doing their job to the fullest extent. They argue the 90 minutes allow the sweepers to ensure that the street has been successfully remedied of trash.
Mayor de Blasio has heard both sides of the stories and is looking to find middle ground.
It should be noted that this bill was also proposed in 2010 by the same councilman
Check out how much trouble alternate side parking caused George in this classic Seinfeld clip: