It can be hard to find a parking space in any of the bigger cities. There are simply more cars than budget-friendly spaces. Drivers will often waste between 10-30 minutes looking for a space when they can invest in cheap monthly parking Manhattan, all you need is the right approach.
But, no matter how much of a rush you are in you need to understand the parking signs around you and make sure you adhere. After all, if you get it wrong the cost of collecting a towed car is significantly more than the cost of the most expensive car park in the city.
This sign is fairly clear, no stopping means you cannot stop in the designated area at all. Obviously, if you are in traffic and paused at the spot this is acceptable. However, the no-stopping signs are usually posted where there would be parking spaces. The reason the no stopping sign is present is that there is a hazard associated with parking there. It may be access or another reason, you don’t need to know what it is.
The only time you can stop in a no-stopping zone is when you have been directed to pull over by a police officer. You can then stop while they explain whatever the issue is.
On the face of it, no parking is very similar to no stopping. However, the fundamental difference is that it doesn’t say you can’t stop. In other words, you can pull in and drop people off, pick them up, or even collect furniture. In effect, this is a dropping or loading zone. However, you will be very limited on the time you can take to pause in this space. It is essential to keep your car rolling as much as possible.
The difference between this and a registered loading zone is that your stop must be as brief as possible. Anything over a few minutes will be considered parking and will get you in trouble!
You may also come across no standing signs. These are relevant to drivers and tell you that you can drop people off or pick people up. This sign does not allow you to collect or drop off goods. It is not a waiting zone, you must drop and move on.
These are designed to let you pull in and wait to pick up a specific individual or even load/unload your car. There will be time constraints, usually as little as 15 minutes. This prevents the spot from being used as a parking space.
If you are tempted to pull up at any of the above zones then think again! The fine and inconvenience of having your car towed will more than outweigh the cost of parking in a designated bay and paying the charge.
There is little difference between no parking and no stopping, treat all these zones as areas that should be avoided. It is better for your wallet!