Push to change alternate-side-of-the-street parking regulations underway

A city councilman is launching a new push for a revolutionary change to the dreaded alternate-side-of-the-street parking regulations.

If successful, it would give millions of car owners something special: the gift of time.

The regulations ban parking for a period of time — usually 90 minutes — to allow street sweepers to pass through.

Under the proposal by Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan), drivers could legally take parking spots once the street sweeper passed by — ending the need for drivers to wait inside their cars until the no-parking time period lapses.

Rodriguez, a former cab driver, also wants to make sure drivers sitting in their cars with the engine running do not get ticketed for idling.

"It's common sense," said Rodriguez. "This bill would help middle-class and working-class people of this city."

Rodriguez first introduced the bill in 2010, and got a majority of the Council to join as co-sponsors, including Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan). But the bill went nowhere.

Now Rodriguez has reintroduced it, a development first reported by GothamGazette.com. He's hoping that Mark-Viverito's ascent to speaker will give his idea new life.

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