How Are No Standing, No Parking, and No Stopping Signs Different?

Have you ever come across a situation when you want to grab a cup of coffee on the go but there are these signs along the curb which are really confusing? Often, people get puzzled trying to figure out the difference between No Standing, No Parking and No Stopping Signs. Though confusing, each and every sign carries a distinct meaning and purpose.

No Standing Any Time SignA No Standing Sign permits you to stop your vehicle to allow a person to move out of the car or pick up someone who is present there but does not permit waiting. Loading and unloading of goods is also not permitted under this sign.


No Parking Any Time SignThis No Parking Sign implies that one cannot park or wait for somebody but can load up and unload goods and let people out of the vehicle. “Drop-off” is the key word for this sign that advises to keep the car moving.


No Stopping Any Time SignA No Stopping Sign is a warning sign which indicates that one cannot stop for any reason whatsoever. A motorist cannot stop when this sign is posted except in cases where s(he) is stopped by a police officer or to obey a traffic rule.


No Standing, No Parking and No Stopping Signs all mean the same thing with a little difference. The temporary wait at No Standing Sign or No Parking Signs means that a halt of only two minutes or less can be taken. Parking any longer can result in a parking ticket with heavy fine. Violation of a No Stopping and No Standing Sign will amount to a fine of $115 in New York while the cost of parking in a No Parking zone varies but is typically $100. These fines vary from state to state.