How to Report a Vehicle Blocking Driveway
If a vehicle is Blocking your Driveway, Owners or renters may request enforcement.
1. Call 311.
2. Inform the operator of the location of the vehicle blocking your driveway, plate #, type of vehicle, and model.
3. They will send the cops to your location to ticket the vehicle.
4. As soon as the police are issuing the ticket call us and we will dispatch a tow truck immediately.
NYC Blocked Driveway Towing laws
Parking in front of a New York City driveway is illegal. In front of a public or private driveway, except that it shall be permissible for the owner, lessor, or lessee of the lot accessed by a private driveway to park a passenger vehicle. The vehicle needs to be registered to the owner or renters at that address in front of such a driveway.
Make sure to provide that such lot does not contain more than two dwelling units and further provided that such parking does not violate any other provision of the Vehicle and Traffic Law or local law or rule concerning the parking, stopping, or standing of motor vehicles. This applies to driveways that have been rendered unusable due to the presence of a building or other fixed obstruction and, therefore, are not being used as defined in §4-01(b) of these rules.
You can report a vehicle that is partially or completely blocking your driveway. The police may ticket the vehicle. If the vehicle has a ticket and you want it moved, you can contact a private towing company. The vehicle owner will have to pay any fees charged for towing. Call 311 to report the vehicle blocking your driveway (Do not call 911).
Blocked Driveway Towing Laws in New York City
The NYC Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) licenses private companies that tow. No vehicle shall be towed by a towing company from your driveway without a ticket. The vehicle should have a police ticket written. Authorization by the owner of the house or commercial building. This means that if you block a driveway, the owner or renter will notify the appropriate authorities who will summon the vehicle. Then the owner/renter of the residence will give authorization to the towing company to tow the vehicle that’s blocking the driveway. The tow operator will not be able to tow the vehicle without the summons or without authorization from the owner/renter.
Before you allow a private tow truck to hook your car, check the driver’s side of the
vehicle for the company’s name, address, phone number, and DCA license medallion.
The medallion is a metal plate.