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New York - Parking Restrictions And Ticketing Pose Big Problems For New York City Branch Of Car2Go

Published on: August 31, 2015 05:01 PM
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FILE - A Charedi man is seen passing by car sharing car2go on the streets of Borough Park on Jan. 19, 2014 (Eli Wohl/VINnews)FILE - A Charedi man is seen passing by car sharing car2go on the streets of Borough Park on Jan. 19, 2014 (Eli Wohl/VINnews)

New York, NY - Reps for the Austin, Texas-based car sharing system Car2Go say that of their 10 branches currently operating nationally, their New York City cite is experiencing some costly growing pains as it scrambles to find solutions to the city’s unique parking restrictions and ticketing policies.

WSJ.com (http://on.wsj.com/1JrQOZu) reports that car-sharing upstart, which launched in Brooklyn in October of 2014, and more recently in Queens, has amassed 4,474 parking tickets so far in 2015 on its 550 Smart car-fleet operating in NYC, totaling $262,810.

As a policy, Car2Go users are educated on not leaving the one-way vehicles in traditionally high-risk parking ticket situations—-such as metered spaces, but other restrictions unique to New York City—-like alternate side street sweeping schedules—-are making it difficult for Car2Go crews to keep ahead of city ticket writers and reps say each unit in the fleet is averaging more than a ticket per month.

Tom McNeil, general manager for the New York operation, said, “Nobody has the restrictions we have for on-street parking. It’s not even close.”


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 Aug 31, 2015 at 05:30 PM post4 Says:

Well, they have a business here, they will have to deal with the consequences, just like everyone else,

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 Aug 31, 2015 at 05:43 PM Anonymous Says:

and if they can't they will leave the city with the jobs they create with it( not to mention the tax revenue they generate and benefits for the average new Yorker.

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 Aug 31, 2015 at 05:39 PM torontonian Says:

the "chareidi man" passing seems to imply a connection between the two. that does not seem to be the case in this story.

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 Aug 31, 2015 at 06:04 PM pinay Says:

Reply to #1  
post4 Says:

Well, they have a business here, they will have to deal with the consequences, just like everyone else,

@post4 you fail to acknowledge that car sharing programs such as this, are beneficial to the public because they reduce the overall dearth of parking spots since less people have to own or lease a car if they can have immediate use of a car where and when they need one. Presumably it is in the City's best interest to arrange some sort of accommodation.

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 Aug 31, 2015 at 07:14 PM RebKlemson Says:

alt side is legal extortion

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 Aug 31, 2015 at 07:35 PM Anonymous Says:

NYC is not the only city with similar parking restrictions. Where I live we have alternate side of the street parking and we don't complain nearly as much as NYers!!!

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 Aug 31, 2015 at 08:39 PM mr613 Says:

They should hire a lawyer full time to fight the tickets in bulk it'll work out cheeper

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 Aug 31, 2015 at 09:11 PM Anonymous Says:

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torontonian Says:

the "chareidi man" passing seems to imply a connection between the two. that does not seem to be the case in this story.

There is a linkage. Frum families should sell their minivans and switch over to these more energy-efficient and lower polluting cars when they cannot walk or bike to their destination. There is no reason to own a gas-guzzling, oversized van when these alternatives are becoming more readily available.

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 Sep 01, 2015 at 02:01 AM Anonymous Says:

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RebKlemson Says:

alt side is legal extortion

There are many blocks in Nyc including the block I live on, that if there wouldn't be alternate side parking people such as car services, mechanics, and van delivery services will hog their spots 24/7. I know on my block at least on Monday night I can usually get a parking spot. I also try to make doctor appointments near the end of alt parking on their block so I can get a parking spot near my appointment.

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 Sep 01, 2015 at 07:53 AM Aron1 Says:

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Anonymous Says:

There is a linkage. Frum families should sell their minivans and switch over to these more energy-efficient and lower polluting cars when they cannot walk or bike to their destination. There is no reason to own a gas-guzzling, oversized van when these alternatives are becoming more readily available.

Right. Use a 2 seat Smart Car as an alternative to a 7-9 seat minivan or SUV. I think the maximum you can tie to the roof safely before getting pulled over is 3.

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 Sep 01, 2015 at 09:01 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

There is a linkage. Frum families should sell their minivans and switch over to these more energy-efficient and lower polluting cars when they cannot walk or bike to their destination. There is no reason to own a gas-guzzling, oversized van when these alternatives are becoming more readily available.

In response to your absurdity related to large families that own a minivan - Did you ever hear of an airhead? Ever see one? Look in the mirror!

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 Sep 01, 2015 at 12:48 PM Anonymous Says:

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Aron1 Says:

Right. Use a 2 seat Smart Car as an alternative to a 7-9 seat minivan or SUV. I think the maximum you can tie to the roof safely before getting pulled over is 3.

No reason that everyone in the family has to ride...did you ever year of bikes, or c'v walking to shul, market, mikvah or beis medrash. Not only you get the kids and shver to exercise but you get the z'chus of the big mitzvah of tikun olam.

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