NYC cabbies, at least those who are Muslim, were shocked to find out that NY parking rules apply to them. Yes, even when they are double parked outside of a mosque.
Devout New York City Muslim cabbies got a rude awakening when they got tickets for double-parking outside a Manhattan mosque while they were inside saying Friday prayers for Ramadan.
One officer single-handedly placed nearly 100 tickets on cabs parked in the vicinity of the Islamic Cultural Center in the city’s Upper West Side neighborhood, cab driver Mohammad Zaman told the New York Post.
“This is a special prayer time, a time for religion. We double-park here every Friday and they allow it, but today they gave us all tickets, almost 100 cabs,’’ he said.
“It is mandatory in our religion to come to the mosque every Friday. It’s our duty,” Mohammad Choudhury said.
“Other places, they are OK with double-parking — people do it everywhere here. But now they won’t let us? Most of us only come for one hour.”
Driver M.D. Shomuz, a six-year worshiper at the mosque, confirmed that the ticketing started only recently.
“No one has been given tickets before, but today everyone got one,” he said.
“It’s frustrating, but what can I do?” he added.
Police used to ignore the double-parkers outside of the mosque. If people are upset with the sudden enforcement of the law, they may want to take it up with the Mayor. Generally speaking, when there is a sudden uptick in ticketing, that comes from the higher ups.
What can you do? You can obey the law like everyone else. Go ahead and double park, but be prepared to pay a fine. You are not above the law simply because your ‘religion’ demands you kneel on a rug with your butt in the air at a specific time of day.
Or you could take a cab.