The best strategy to beat a NYC parking ticket is to avoid getting one!
Knowledge is power and the only way to defeat the Evil Empire. There are 96 separate, active parking violations, 23 pages of parking rules contained in Chapter 4 of title 34of the Official Compilation of Rules of the City of New York, adopted by the Commissioner of Transportation, 27 pages of rules contained in Chapter 39 of title 19 adopted by the Commissioner of Finance to prescribe the internal procedures and organization of the Parking Violations Bureau, the manner and time of entering pleas, the conduct of hearings, the amount and manner of payment of penalties, and other purposes of article two-B of the Vehicle and Traffic Law.
Parking laws passed by the NYC Council are contained in the NYC Administrative Code, and parking laws adopted by the State of New York are contained in two-B of the Vehicle and Traffic Laws.
This is a daunting task but we will accomplish it together!
The Fab Five parking ticket tips
- NYC is a tow away zone. No notice required. This arcane, “gotcha” parking rule always shocks the driving public, but Johnny Law has the discretion to tow your chariot any time you are issued a parking ticket
- The parking rules permit you to stand or park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant:
- Between sunrise and sunset
- A licensed driver remains seated behind the wheel
- With the keys to the car
- Ready to move upon request
- It is very risky to park within 15 feet of a “broken” fire hydrant. You probably will get a parking ticket, but if you present the proper proof properly to a reasonable judge, it will be dismissed
- A bus stop zone starts at the bus stop sign, and extends in the direction of the arrow(s) on the bus stop parking sign until the next parking sign, or if no next parking sign, the end of the block. I have never vanquished a bus stop ticket, regardless of the merits of the defense I presented. Please try to stay away from bus stop zones.
- It is legal to park in front of a pedestrian ramp located in the middle of the block as long as:
- There is no marked crosswalk
- There are no traffic control devices or
- No stop signs
- regulating traffic
The next five show stopping tips
- You can beat a parking ticket for a no standing violation by presenting the proper proof properly that you stopped temporarily to drop off or pick up a passenger, and immediately left the scene
- You can beat a parking ticket for a no parking violation by presenting the proper proof properly that you stopped temporarily to drop off or pick up a passenger and her personal property, and immediately left the parking space
- Generally, if you find yourself face-to-face with a red parking sign, keep on trucking on…Or if you’re searching for safe space to park your motor vehicle with passenger plates and come upon a parking sign with “EXCEPT…” (commercial vehicles, authorized vehicles, trucks loading and unloading, etc.), skedaddle immediately
- A parking sign regulates all the parking spaces from the parking sign in the direction of the arrow at the bottom of the sign until the next parking sign, or if none, the end of the block
- There only has to be one, is the loneliest number, parking sign located anywhere (any distance from your chariot) on the block
2 more parking tips vital to your financial well-being
- You can only be issued one parking ticket per day for a “status” parking violation (some judges will dismiss a second “status” parking ticket if issued within 24 hours of the first “status” violation parking ticket regardless of the day). “Status” violations relate to expired registration stickers, expired inspection stickers, broken equipment, etc.)
- You can only be issued one parking ticket in one hour for a “location” parking violation (some judges will dismiss a second “location” parking ticket if issued within 3 hours of the first “location” violation parking ticket). “Location” violations relate to where you stop, stand or park your chariot (no standing violations, no parking violations, no ‘nutin violations, etc.)
Learning is relentless repetition. I’m relentless about sharing the knowledge to beat unjustified parking tickets. How ’bout you?
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