The parking ticket and tow story
Drivers on Livingston Street were blanketed with tickets and some had their vehicles towed after the city changed parking regulations overnight, yet left parking meters in place with no notices that they were no longer in operation.
Signage stating the new regulations — no parking or standing from 7 am to 7 pm, Monday through Friday — was installed on the north side of Livingston between Court and Flatbush avenues, but many motorists ignored the subtly altered signs and fed the existing parking meters anyway. “The Brooklyn Paper”
Important article. Another example of bad behavior of parking ticket warriors and others in enforcing an overnight change in parking regulations. You may wish to pass along to your readers, that there is a new law giving the driving public relief from the overnight change and tickets revenue raiser.
Here’s a copy of the City Council press release NOTIFICATION OF PARKING METER CHANGES In conjunction with various parking meter changes being made by the Department of Transportation (DOT) throughout the City, the Council will require DOT to provide 30 days written notice when changes to parking meter rates or parking meter types are made. Specifically, DOT will now be required to notify communities through regular mail, electronic mail, and through DOT’s website. Parking meter changes include increasing meter rates, implementing new “Park Smart” pilot programs, and replacing single coin meters with muni-meters. Many times, these changes are made with little or no notice to the community affected by the change.
This local legislation would take effect immediately after enacted into law. ‘Local communities are going to get the heads up they deserve when it comes to how some of the rules of the road are changed by the Department of Transportation,’ said Council Member Vincent Gentile. ‘When rates change on meters, for example, drivers won’t find out with an orange ticket on their windshield – they’ll know it’s coming long beforehand. Thank you to Speaker Quinn for making addressing the concerns of drivers a priority by supporting this bill.’ ”
The effective date is March 21, 2010. The new law permits any member of the driving public who is issued a parking ticket, to fight the parking ticket in traffic court within five (5) days of the change in regulations. I hope this empowers your readers to take action against this injustice. Good luck.
Need I say more? Here’s a link to the City Council press release.
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