NEW YORK -- It's getting easier to understand why you got that parking ticket in New York City.
No longer will drivers circling blocks like hungry vultures have to simultaneously comprehend lengthy signs outlining parking rules in stilted wordage that the city’s transportation chief has likened to totem poles of confusion. Soon, those relics of rhetoric will be replaced by Twitter-sized directives of 140 characters or less aimed at making it easier for drivers to know if they are violating parking rules, officials announced Monday as they unveiled examples of the new models.
“You shouldn't need a PhD in parking signage to understand where you are allowed to leave your car in New York," said City Councilman Daniel R. Garodnick, who joined the council speaker, Christine Quinn, and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan at the midtown Manhattan unveiling. “The days of puzzled parkers trying to make sense of our midtown signs are over. “
Garodnick, whose district includes part of Manhattan’s east side and midtown, has spent more than a year arguing for simpler parking signs. At a news conference last year, he showed off examples of the confusion greeting Manhattan drivers, including one sign reading “No standing 6 am – 6 pm Wednesday Except Farmers Market” atop a sign pointing in two opposite directions.