By the time the current suspension of New York City’s alternate side parking regulations end Monday, it will have been 22 days since drivers did not have to move their vehicles, the longest lapse of the money maker for the city in 35 years.
Amid the snow, the ice, the sleet, and the slippery sidewalks that have characterized the Big Apple since Bill de Blasio took office two months ago, the silver lining has been the mayor’s liberal suspension of the rule requiring drivers to move their parked cars, the Daily News reported.
“It’s great,” Kelly Gilbert of Brooklyn told the News. “We’ve got a mountain of snow and nowhere to put it. It’s a good break not getting any tickets.”
Because of snow and freezing temperatures, the parking rules have been suspended since Feb. 1, and the city has announced the suspension will remain in effect through Saturday. Alternate-side parking rules are not in effect Sundays.
This marks the longest citywide weather-related reprieve since 1978, when then-Mayor Ed Koch waived the rules for 62 consecutive days as frigid temperatures brutalized the city.
The rules have been suspended for other reasons, such as after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when the regulations were shelved for 22 days across the city and for 30 days in Manhattan.
The city is estimated to have lost about $7.5 million in revenue over the suspension.