DOT Carshare Rules

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The DOT Commissioner is authorized by Section 2903(a) of the New York City Charter and Title 19 of the New York City Administrative Code to promulgate rules regarding parking and traffic operations in the City. The rule that DOT is adopting is contained within Chapter 4 of the Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York relating to its Traffic Rules and Regulations.

The purpose of this new rule is to implement a carshare parking pilot program at designated on-street and off-street locations.

Carshare is a program involving vehicles that are owned or leased by organizations whose members rent these vehicles for short periods of time, and provides these members access to a car without the expense of car ownership. By designating parking locations specifically for carshare vehicles of these organizations, this new rule would expand access to carshare and provide an affordable mobility option to more New Yorkers.

Research in other cities shows that carshare programs reduce personal car ownership and vehicle miles travelled among carshare members. Fewer cars on the road and fewer vehicle miles travelled means less congestion, as well as lower carbon emissions and air pollution—key priorities of the City’s OneNYC Plan, which sets measurable goals for a strong, sustainable, resilient and equitable city. In accordance with Local Law No. 47, DOT will evaluate the impact of the pilot program on car ownership rates, mobility, and other relevant factors, including the potential of the pilot to reduce neighborhood parking demand.

The details describing the new rule reflect the following the program’s key components:
• requirement that carshare organizations apply for permits allowing the use of dedicated parking spaces, either on-street or in a municipal parking facility, within carshare parking zones
• requirement that carshare organizations pay a permit fee
• conditions of the carshare permit
• process by which a carshare permit is assigned
• data reporting requirements

In response to comments received by DOT, the following changes have been made to the proposed rule, which are reflected in the adopted rules:

• For clarification purposes, a definition of “equity parking space” has been added, and the definition of “hand control adapted carshare vehicle” has been modified.
• The use of the term “carshare” instead of “carsharing” has been adopted throughout the rule.
• The requirement of attaining an average of 27 miles per gallon (MPG) by all participating carshare vehicles has been removed.
• The conditions under which DOT can decline to issue a permit have been clarified.
• The conditions of a carshare permit have been streamlined, including removing the requirement that carshare organizations not move vehicles from garages or other spaces to the designated on street spaces.
• The paragraph relating to assignments for carshare parking spaces in municipal parking facilities has been re-organized.
• The “Round 3” of the assignment process for on-street carshare parking spaces has been revised.
• Maintenance area size has been reduced from 15 feet to 10 feet.
• The paragraph relating to the relocation of impermissibly parked vehicles has been simplified.