Motorists & Parking

Parking a Truck or Commercial Vehicle

This page outlines the New York City traffic rules that apply to commercial vehicles. For the purposes of parking, stopping and standing, a truck is considered a commercial vehicle. The full listing of regulations for parking, stopping and standing a vehicle in New York City can be found in Section (pdf) 4-08 of the New York City Traffic Rules.

Definition of a Commercial Vehicle

For the purposes of parking, standing and stopping, a commercial vehicle is defined as a vehicle that

  • bears commercial plates, and
  • is permanently altered by having all seats and seat fittings, except the front seats, removed to facilitate the transportation of property (for vehicles designed with a passenger cab and a cargo area separated by a partition, the seating capacity within the cab shall not be considered in determining whether the vehicle is properly altered), and
  • displays the registrant's name and address permanently affixed in characters at least three inches high on both sides of the vehicle, with such display being in a color contrasting with that of the vehicle and placed approximately midway vertically on doors or side panels.

For the purposes other than parking, stopping and standing rules, a vehicle designed, maintained, or used primarily for the transportation of property or for the provision of commercial services and bearing commercial plates is considered a commercial vehicle.

Vehicles from other states or countries bearing commercial or equivalent registration plates from other states or countries shall not be deemed trucks or commercial vehicles unless they are permanently altered and marked as required in the above bulleted list.

Parking, Standing and Stopping Rules for Commercial Vehicles

Additional restrictions may apply to these rules, especially in midtown Manhattan. See the Additional parking restrictions for more information.

Parking of unaltered commercial vehicles prohibited

No person shall stand or park a vehicle with commercial plates in any location unless it has been permanently altered with all seats and rear seat fittings, except the front seats, removed except that for vehicles designed with a passenger cab and a cargo area separated by a partition, the seating capacity within the cab shall not be considered in determining whether the vehicle is properly altered, and has the name and address of the owner as shown on the registration certificate plainly marked on both sides of the vehicle in letters and numerals not less than three inches in height, in compliance with Section 10-127 of the Administrative Code and is also in compliance with the definition of commercial vehicle .

No standing except trucks loading and unloading

Where a posted sign reads "No Standing Except Trucks Loading and Unloading," no vehicle except a commercial vehicle, or a service vehicle as defined in the Section 4-01(b) (pdf) of the New York City Traffic Rules, may stand or park in that area, for the purpose of expeditiously making pickups, deliveries or service calls, and except that in the area from 35th St. to 41st St., Avenue of the Americas to 8th Avenue, inclusive, in the Borough of Manhattan between the hours of 7 am and 7 pm, no vehicle except a truck as defined in Section 4-13(a) (pdf) may stand or park for the purpose of expeditiously making pickups, deliveries or service calls.

Angle standing or parking of commercial vehicles

Commercial vehicles standing or parking in authorized areas shall not be placed at an angle to the curb unless such positioning is essential for loading or unloading and then only for such period of time actually required for such purposes provided that a sufficient space shall be left clear for the passage of a vehicle between the angle parked vehicle and the center of the street, the opposite curb or a vehicle parked or standing thereat, whichever is closest. In no event shall an angle-parked vehicle occupy more than a parking lane, plus one traffic lane.

Parking of trailers

No person shall park any trailer or semi-trailer on any street or arterial highway, except while loading or unloading at off-street platforms, unless such trailer or semi-trailer is attached to a motor vehicle capable of towing it. Notwithstanding these provisions, where posted signs permit, a trailer or semi-trailer may park while unattached to a motor vehicle capable of towing it on streets in industrial zoned property as defined in the Zoning Resolution . Such trailers or semi-trailers may park for the length of time indicated on the posted signs. An owner of a trailer or semi-trailer parked pursuant to this provision shall protect the streets from damage that may be caused by parking the unattached trailer. All doors located on such trailers or semi-trailers must be locked while the trailers are parked.

Street storage of commercial vehicles prohibited

When parking is not otherwise restricted, no person shall park a commercial vehicle in any area, including a residential area, in excess of three hours.

Nighttime parking of commercial vehicles prohibited

No person shall park a commercial vehicle on a residential street, between the hours of 9 pm and 5 am In the case when a commercial vehicle is parked in violation of this rule, the burden of proof is placed on the person who received the summons, to prove that he or she was actively engaged in business at the time the summons was issued at a premises located within three City blocks of where the summons was issued. This paragraph shall not apply to vehicles owned or operated by gas or oil heat suppliers or gas or oil heat systems maintenance companies, the agents or employees thereof, or any public utility.

Vehicles equipped with platform lifts

Commercial vehicle may not be parked on any City street with a platform lift set in a lowered position while the vehicle is unattended.

Double Parking

Under the New York City Traffic Rules, double parking is when the driver of a vehicle stands or parks that vehicle on the roadway side of another vehicle that is stopped, standing, or parked at the curb.

In most situations, a driver may stand a commercial vehicle alongside a vehicle parked at the curb at such locations and during such hours that stopping, standing, or parking is not prohibited, while expeditiously making pickups, deliveries or service calls, provided that (1) there is no unoccupied surb space within 100 feet on either side of the street that can be used for standing, and (2) that the standing is in compliance instructions from police officers and flagpersons.

Parking and Standing Near Bicycle Lanes

Wrong Way

Right Way

Trucks and commercial vehicles, when permitted to double park, must not obstruct a bicycle lane. Drivers must not drive a motor vehicle across a designated buffer zone except when it is reasonable and necessary to enter or leave a legal curbside parking space or driveway. Obstructing a bicycle lane is illegal and subject to a fine. Learn more about the proper way to park or stand near a bicycle lane(pdf)

Parking restricted in limited truck zones

No operator of a truck shall stop, stand or park his/her vehicle upon any streets designated as "Limited Truck Zones," except for the purpose of making a delivery, loading or servicing within said zone, and except as otherwise provided in Section 4-13(d)(3) of the New York City Traffic Rules (pdf).

Additional Parking Restrictions

Special Midtown Manhattan Rules

The two rules below apply in Manhattan from 14th to 60th Streets, and from First to Eighth Avenues, inclusive. They are in effect between the hours of 7 am and 7 pm daily, except Sundays. There may be different restrictions on particular blocks, check carefully.

Standing time limit

No driver shall making pickups, deliveries or service calls may stand for period of more than three hours unless otherwise posted. A vehicle or combination of vehicles not being used for expeditious pickups, deliveries or service calls counts as a parked vehicle subject to the parking rules applicable at that particular location.

Method of Parking

From 7 am to 7 pm daily, except Sundays, commercial vehicles that are stopping, standing, or parking must do so than parallel and close to the curb, and cannot occupy more than ten feet of roadway space from the nearest curb, and no truck or commercial vehicle may backed in at an angle to the curb.

Lower Manhattan Blue Zone

The Blue Zone is the area bounded by the north sides of Frankfort and Dover Streets, the east side of South Street, the west side of State Street and the centerlines of Broadway and Park Row. Some additional restrictions apply in this area.

On Mondays through Fridays, from 7 am to 7 pm, no person shall park a vehicle upon any of the streets in "Blue Zone", except as posted, or when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or to comply with the law or at the direction of any law enforcement officer authorized to enforce traffic rules.

Parking in Garment District restricted to trucks and vans

Notwithstanding any provisions of these rules to the contrary, no vehicles except trucks and vans bearing commercial plates shall stand at the curb for the purpose of expeditiously loading and unloading between the hours of 7 am and 7 pm, daily, including Sundays, from 35th Street to 41st Street, between Avenue of the Americas and Eighth Avenue, all inclusive, in the Borough of Manhattan. For the purpose of this paragraph (4), passenger vehicles or station wagons bearing commercial plates shall not be deemed trucks or vans.

Parking Commercial vehicle requires payment in Midtown

Commercial vehicles are required to pay for parking in "No Standing Loading & Unloading" zones in Manhattan from 23rd Street to 59th Street and from Second Avenue to Ninth Avenue and on Canal Street on both sides between Bowery and West Broadway. These rules are in effect Monday through Friday from 7 am to 6 pm unless otherwise posted. Commercial vehicles must stand or park at parking spaces controlled by meters, purchase parking at meters located on these streets, and display the receipt on the dashboard. The maximum time for such metered parking on a single block is a total of three hours, unless otherwise indicated by a posted sign. Both sides of the single street constitute a block. Find commercial vehicle rates and more information about metered parking