Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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Does a 5 MInute Grace Period apply to Muni-Meters?

Absolutely.

As a matter of fact, there are two 5 minute grace periods:

  • You have 5 minutes to walk to a muni meter machine, pay for parking,  walk back to your car, and display the muni meter receipt on the dashboard of your chariot
  • You have 5 minutes tacked on to the end time of your muni meter receipt to move your chariot

 

Does the 5 Minute Grace Period apply to Alternate Side Parking Rules?

Does the 5 minute grace period apply to alternate side parking rules in NYC.

A parking ticket warrior is prohibited from issuing a parking ticket until 5 minutes after the beginning of street cleaning. For example, if street cleaning is from 9A-10:30A, a warrior can't issue a parking ticket until 9:06A.

Is there a 5 Minute Grace Period?

Yes, there is a 5 minute grace period

The 5 minute grace period applies to a variety of parking scenarios:

  • Alternate Side Parking Rules
  • Muni Meters
  • Change in hour limits

For example, if there is a no standing rule in effect from 7A-4P, the 5 minute grace period allows a driver until 4:06P to move his chariot. In other words, a warrior cannot issue a parking ticket until 4:06P. Yea!

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Can I park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant?

Yes. You can park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, as long as a licensed driver remains seated behind the wheel of their car (passenger vehicles, only), with the keys, ready to move, upon the request of a cop or warrior, between sunrise and sunset. I call this the Fiddler on the Roof Defense.

Will I find a yellow painted curb to indicate 15 feet from a fire hydrant?

You're as likely to find a yellow painted curb to mark a fire hydrant zone, as you are to find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

How far can I park from a fire hydrant?

You are prohibited from parking within 15 feet from all sides of a NYC fire hydrant.

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Is Presidents Day a Parking Holiday?

Presidents Day (aka George Washington's birthday) is a legal parking holiday in NYC

  • Our founding father's birthday falls on Monday February 16, 2015
  • It is always celebrated on the third Monday in February
  • The only present our former President bestows on the NYC driving public on Presidents Day is a suspension of street cleaning rules
  • You are required to feed the meters, and obey all parking signs

Is Lincoln's Birthday a Parking Holiday?

Lincoln's Birthday is a legal parking holiday in NYC

Lincoln's birthday falls on Thursday February 12, 2015. It is a legal parking holiday.
Street Cleaning Rules are suspended...That's all folks.

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday is a legal parking holiday in NYC

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday is a legal parking holiday, not a major legal parking holiday in NYC.

Alternate side parking rules are suspended, but you are required to feed the meters and obey all parking signs.

Remember, when you wake up you don't have to move your car. But, when you drive away, you have to obey all parking signs and pay the muni meters.

Park safely.

Is New Year's Day a Parking Holiday in New York City?

New Year's Day is a parking holiday in New York City

New Year's Day is a parking holiday in New York City. And, it's a major legal parking holiday. On major legal parking holidays, the Evil Empire allows us to:

  • Ignore muni meters (you don't have to feed 'em)
  • Ignore parking signs (except parking signs where the parking rule is in effect all days, all times, or anytime)
  • Ignore street cleaning rules

Enjoy this special time with friends and family, while parking with peace of mind.

Happy New Years!

Is New Year's Eve a Parking Holiday in NYC?

New Year's Eve is not a parking holiday in NYC

Wish it t'were true, but I'm sad to say that New Years's Eve is not a parking holiday in NYC.

You are required:

  • Pay the muni meters
  • Obey all parking signs
  • Dance the Street Cleaner Polka

Please drive and park safely.

Happy New Year!

What are the parking rules on major legal holidays?

Major Legal Holidays provide a parking respite in NYC

On major legal holidays the parking rules and regulations in NYC are altered.

The rules for these days are as follows:

  • All Parking Signs are void unless sign states "All days & All times".
  • Meters DO NOT need to be paid
  • Street cleaning rules are suspended

Are parking rules in effect on Veterans Day?

Vetarans Day is a Legal Holiday & the Rules Are...

The parking rules are modified for Legal Holidays in NYC.

These modified rules are:

  • Street cleaning rules are suspended
  • You must still feed the meters
  • You must obey all parking signs

 

October 16th and 17th are Legal Parking Holidays

The next legal parking holidays in October 2014

The next legal parking holidays when ASP parking rules are suspended are:

  • Shemini Atzereth falls on October 16, 2014 (Thursday)
  • Simchas Torah falls on October 17, 2014 (Friday)

You still have to pay the muni meters and obey all parking signs.

 

Is Labor Day a Parking Holiday in NYC?

Absolutely! Labor Day is a major legal parking holiday in NYC. This means that you:

  • Don't have to obey street cleaning rules
  • Don't have to pay for on-street parking
  • Don't have to obey parking signs, unless the rule displayed on the sign is in effect all times, all days, or says, "anytime"

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Is July 4th a parking holiday in NYC?

July 4th is a parking holiday in NYC

Yea! This means:

  • You don't have to feed the muni-meters
  • You are not required to obey parking signs, UNLESS, the rule is in effect all days/all times, or any time
  • Street cleaning rules are suspended

(It's a major legal parking holiday)

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Will NY Renew Registrations with Unpaid Parking Tickets?

NY DMV will not renew registrations with unpaid parking tickets

The NY DMV will not renew registrations belonging to scofflaws who accumulate 3 unpaid parking tickets in judgment during any 18 month period.

Will NY Suspend Registrations for Unpaid Parking Tickets?

NY DMV will suspend registrations for unpaid parking tickets in judgment

The parking law states:

  • 5 unpaid parking tickets in judgment during any 12 month period will result in a registration suspension

What's the Difference between Notice of Permanent and Temporary Parking Sign Changes?

Is notice of permanent and temporary parking sign changes required?

The NYC Department of Finance or NYC Department of Transportation is...

  • N0t required to inform the public of temporary parking sign changes
  • Required to notify the public of a permanent parking sign changes

If you are ticketed within 5 days of the installation of a permanent parking sign, you can beat that ticket!

Knowledge is power!

Must I always display Muni Meter Receipt?

Muni Meter Receipts - Ticket Saving Devices

There is an simple answer to this question...YES!

  • If you parked in a spot with a muni meter, you must always display payment receipt on your dashboard
  • If you paid for the time, but forgot to display the muni meter receipt, you can fight and win by submitting a copy of the receipt to Evil Empire with a defense letter, and your ticket will be dismissed (It's the law!)

Can you provide a link to the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Laws?

Here's a link to the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Laws

Remember NYC follows its own traffic laws and rules first, second, and third (Home Rule). NYS Vehicle and Traffic Laws come in a distance fourth.

What case affirms that All NYC is a Tow-Away Zone?

COHEN v. CITY OF NEW YORK affirms all NYC is a tow-away zone, no notice required

Cohen v. City of New York provides us with an excellent summary of the laws providing all NYC is a tow -away zone. It is a 1972 case.

The citation is Cohen v. City of New York, 69 Misc.2d.189 (1972). Civil Court of the City of New York, New York County.  Read it and weep (I know I did).

Do you have to feed the meters on Sundays?

Sunday parking rules in NYC

You don't have to feed the meters on Sundays in NYC...We're rich!

Can I double park in a NYC school zone?

No (not legally). Unless you are called to school because of  a medical emergency involving your child. There is a bill pending in the NYC Council that would allow double parking while picking up children at school. I double this proposed legislation will ever see the light of day.

Can a parking ticket warrior cancel a parking ticket?

A parking ticket warrior can cancel a NYC parking ticket for failure to display muni meter receipt, if

Yes. The rule pertains to a parking ticket for failure to display a muni meter receipt. It empowers a warrior to cancel a parking ticket, if a member of the driving public locates the warrior that issued the parking ticket, and presents her with a paid muni meter receipt showing you paid for the time, and the MM receipt was issued within 5 minutes of the time of violation. I urge you not to take this new rule for a test drive. I don't envision a happy ending. Fight the ticket by mail...You'll win!

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PPPD's with Wrongful Parking Tickets

Change of Address for PPPD's with wrongful parking tickets

A big thank you to our great friend Jeremy for alerting us to a change of address. The current, correct address is:

NYC Dept of Finance Advocacy Unit
66 John Street
3rd floor
NY, NY 10038
BE SURE TO INCLUDE PERMIT ID

Warning: Parking Ticket Email Scam

City Hall warns about a parking ticket email scam

City Hall is warning of a phishing scam that attempts to trick readers into thinking an email is from the Department of Finance.

Officials say scammers are sending fake emails that look like parking ticket payment confirmations but are actually aimed at getting personal information or contain malware.

If you get one of these emails, you're urged to not click on any links or attachments.

To check on the status of a parking violation, go to nyc.gov/nycserv.

Where can I Find Camera Violation Information?

Camera violation information can be found on violationinfo.com

  • Pay a ticket
  • View a violation
  • Dispute a ticket
  • View an FAQ section.

Here's the link...Violation Info

Does NYC Offer Commercial Vehicle Parking Fine Reduction?

NYC offers two commercial vehicle fine reduction programs

The Evil Empire has two commercial vehicle fine reduction programs that allow for payment of parking violations based on a stipulated fine schedule:

  • NYC Delivery Solutions
  • Commercial Abatement Program

The NYC Delivery Solutions program is for businesses that must make deliveries as a course of doing business. Once enrolled, you can manage your parking tickets through a web-based reporting tool and have the ability to create bills online. By participating in this program, businesses waive their right to challenge parking tickets and agree to pay a pre-set, reduced fine amount for each offense. The type of violation determines whether the ticket will be dismissed or reduced. Red Light and Bus Lane Camera Violations are NOT eligible for reductions, but they are eligible for hearings. There is no fee to participate in this program.

The Commercial Abatement Program is for businesses that make pick-ups or service calls. By participating in this program, businesses waive their right to challenge the parking tickets and agree to pay a pre-set, reduced fine amount for each offense. There is no fee to participate in this program. 

Here's a link to the source

Is there a Live ASP Suspension Calendar?

There is a live ASP suspension calendar on the NYC Department of Finance Website

If you need an up-to-the-minute, accurate, alternate side parking suspension information, here's a link to the DOT website.

What is the Speed Limit on all NYC Streets

The speed limit on all NYC streets has been reduced

The speed limit is now 25 m.p.h. unless otherwise posted (starting November 7, 2014) in accordance with Vision Zero.

Blizzard of 2015

Blizzard of 2015 punishing the tri-state area

Here are some links of interest to stay up-to-date about the Blizzard of 2015:

Good luck to all...Please be safe.

Best,

Larry

I need help finding monthly parking in NYC

Here's a special recommendation to help you find monthly parking

A wonderful friend and business colleague of ours is the go-to expert on finding the biggest bang for your monthly parking bucks. Pay a visit to Margot Tohn's website, Park it NYC, for valuable information at monthly parking, E-Z pass, and all things related to parking.

You'll be glad you did!

Do you Fight Traffic Tickets?

New York Parking Ticket doesn't fight traffic tickets

Many of our friends need help with traffic tickets. We totally and without reservation recommend our great friend and business colleague:

Matthew Weiss, Esquire. Click on this link for Matt's contact information.

Matt has dedicated his law practice for the past 20 years to making traffic tickets easy for you and I. If you need help with a traffic ticket, call Matt today (212-683-7373 X12). You'll be glad you did.

Any interesting blogs to recommend?

There are many interesting blogs to recommend

Here are some blogs I love and recommend:

What are the Tow Fees?

The tow fees in NYC can cost a bunch of money

The tow fees are:

  • Regular Tow fee: $185.00
  • Heavy Duty Tow fee: $370.00
  • Overnight Storage fee: $20.00
  • Immobilization Devise (Boot): $159.00

NOTE: If the vehicle is not redeemed on the same day that it was towed, an additional overnight storage charge of $20 will be charged to the vehicle each night the vehicle is held at the Tow Pound.

The accepted forms of payment are:

  • Cash
  • Certified Check – payable to NYC Police Department
  • ATM Bank Debit Card that allows withdrawals from checking accounts only (e.g. NYC, MAC, etc.)
  • Money Order or Traveler’s checks(all parts must be presented)
  • Discover, American Express, MasterCard, Visa

NOTE: The longest waiting times to retrieve a vehicle occur during noon and late afternoon hours.

Here's a link to two important webpages:

NYPD Tow

NYC Department of Finance: How to redeem a towed vehicle

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Is there a Live ASP Suspension Calendar?

There is a live ASP suspension calendar on the NYC Department of Finance Website

If you need an up-to-the-minute, accurate, alternate side parking suspension information, here's a link to the DOT website.

What is a Safety Zone?

NYC's Mystical Safety Zone

This is tough because the DOT does not clearly define what is a safety zone.  Here is the definition we the public are given:

  • Safety zone. The area or space officially set apart within a roadway for the exclusive use of pedestrians and which is protected or is so marked or indicated by adequate signs as to be plainly visible at all times while set apart as a safety zone.

This can cause confusion.  It is better to see a picture for a clearer definition, here is a link.

Safety zone uncovered

A safety zone is considered a no standing area, so you may stop to drop people off and go.

Can I ever park in front of NYC driveways?

"The driveway hasn't been used in years, but I still got ticketed!"

There are only two instances when it's legal to park in front of NYC driveways:

  • If you are the owner, lessor or lessee of the lot accessed by the driveway, and the property does not contain more than two dwelling units. The parking may not violate any other provisions of the vehicle and traffic law or local law or rule concerning the parking, stopping or standing of motor vehicles.
  • If the driveway has been rendered unusable due to the presence of a building or other fixed obstruction.

 

*Note:  If there is a cone or any moveable object blocking the driveway this does not qualify as a "fixed" obstruction

What is blocking the box?

Where is this box and why can't I block it?

Blocking the box has confounded many members of the NYC driving public. Here are some helpful tips:

  • "The Box" refers to the square shape created by a four-way intersection
  • A law against entering and staying in this box area was originally created in order to help the flow of traffic.  Upon its inception, it was only a moving violation, which meant points on your license as well as insurance consequences.
  • This law has since changed and gained dual status (both parking ticket and traffic ticket).
  • All parking ticket warriors are now able to write a ticket for this violation, putting drivers at more of a risk of getting ticketed.

 

*Note: It is important to be aware of your surroundings and not get caught in the box.  With over eight million residents and a million more commuting every day, NYC driving gets very congested!

 

 

A parking sign without arrows?

A Parking Sign without arrows means both directions

  • Keep in mind that a parking sign without arrows means that rule regulates the curb space in both directions until the next parking sign, or if none, the end of the block

Can I put a "For Sale" Sign on my Car?

Can I put a "For Sale" sign on my car while it's parked on a NYC street?

Yes, as long as you are not in the regular business of selling cars. Here are the rules:

(n) Special restrictions on parking.

(1) Parking for sales purposes prohibited.

No person regularly engaged in the sale of vehicles shall park a vehicle upon any roadway or off-street parking facility for the principal purpose of displaying such vehicle for sale.

(2) Parking for certain purposes prohibited.

No person regularly engaged in the repair of vehicles shall park a vehicle upon any roadway or off- street parking facility for the principal purpose of washing, greasing, or repairing such vehicle, except repairs necessitated by an emergency.

(3) Parking for the purposes of commercial advertising prohibited.

No person shall stand or park a vehicle on any street or roadway for the purpose of commercial advertising, as defined in §4-12(j)(1) of these rules, except as otherwise provided in that section.

Section 4-12

(j)Commercial advertising vehicles.
(1)Restrictions.
No person shall operate, stand, or park a vehicle on any street or roadway for the purpose of commercial advertising. Advertising notices relating to the business for which a vehicle is used may be put upon a motor vehicle when such vehicle is in use for normal delivery or business purposes, and not merely or mainly for the purpose of commercial advertising, provided that no portion of any such notice shall be reflectorized, illuminated, or animated, and provided that no such notice shall be put upon the top of the vehicle and that no special body or other object shall be put upon vehicles for commercial advertising purposes. Advertisements may be put upon vehicles licensed by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission in accordance with the Commission's rules.

Does NYC Honor Out-of-State Disability Parking Permits?

NYC does not honor out-of-state disability parking permits

So beware!

However, residents from other states can apply for a NYC parking permit for people with disabilities.

Here's more details about NY State and NYC disability parking permits,

NYC Parking Permit for People with Disabilities

Are non residents of NYC eligible?

Both city residents and non-City residents are eligible for a NYC parking permit for people with disabilities.  To be eligible to receive a City Parking Permit for People with Disabilities, the following requirements must be met:

  • You must require the use of a private vehicle for transportation.
  • You must have a severe, permanent disability that impairs mobility as certified by your personal physician and a New York City physician designated by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).

Does NYC Honor the NY State Disability Parking Permit?

NYC honors NY State Disability Parking Permit, BUT...

New York City only allows people with the NY State Disability Parking Permit to park off-street, such as in parking lots for malls, office buildings or college campuses.

Doctor and Dentist Parking Rule

Doctor and dentist parking rule

The doctor and dentist parking rule states:

"Where parking is prohibited by signs, but not where stopping or standing is prohibited, a duly licensed physician or dentist may park his/her motor vehicle, identified by "MD," "OP" or "DDS" New York registration plates, on a roadway adjacent to hospitals or clinics for a period not to exceed three hours. For the purposes of this paragraph, only those portions of a roadway corresponding to the shaded areas on the diagrams below shall be considered adjacent to a hospital or clinic. At other locations where parking is prohibited by signs, but not where stopping or standing is prohibited, a duly licensed physician may park his/her motor vehicle, identified by "MD" or "OP" New York registration plates, for a period not to exceed one hour while actually attending to a patient in the immediate vicinity." [See 4-08(m)(4)].

The shaded areas in the diagram below represent legal parking spaces.

This images shows the location of legal parking spaces for doctors in nyc

How much time do I have to appeal a guilty verdict?

You can appeal a guilty verdict for your NYC parking ticket

You have 30 days from the date the judge's decision was entered (not the date you receive the decision) to appeal. Keep in mind that your burden of proof on appeal is different than your first bite at the parking ticket apple.

On appeal, you must persuade an appeals panel that the original judge made a mistake of law or fact.

You are not permitted to submit new evidence. Your appeal must be based on the evidence you submitted for the original hearing.

Here's a link to a helpful blog post that will fill you in on  how to appeal a NYC parking ticket.

What's the story with bus lanes?

Bus lanes present a challenge to the NYC driving public

A driver is permitted to enter a bus lane to make the next right hand turn. Not the second right hand turn...The first right hand turn after entering an active bus lane.

Remember, you're on candid camera.

Here's a link to a blog post that will provide you with some more helpful information.

Where do I return the "boot" afer removal?

Here are the locations to return the "boot"

this image contains the locations where drivers can return a "boot" afrer removal of their car

How do I remove the "boot" from my car?

The "boot" has become the choice du jour to immobilize your chariot for unpaid parking tickets

Here's how you remove that infernal device:

To get the boot off, call the toll-free phone number on the boot notice (877-207-2134) to pay all of your outstanding judgment debt, plus the additional fees listed below. You can pay over the phone with your debit/credit card or an electronic check. We also accept cash, money orders or cashier's checks at our Business Centers. After you pay what you owe, you will receive a release code immediately. When you enter the code, the boot will unlock and you can remove it. You need to return the boot to a return location near you within 24 hours to avoid a late fee of $25.00 per day."

Fees
There is a $159 fee for the boot and a $70 Sheriff’s execution fee as well as a poundage fee (5% of all fines including penalties and interest).
If you do not pay the parking, red light camera and bus lane violation judgment debt and related fees within two business days of being booted, then your vehicle may be towed. The total amount that you must pay to get your vehicle back can be calculated using the chart on the Redeem a Towed Vehicle page.

What is a major legal parking holiday in NYC?

A major legal parking holiday in NYC means:

  • Street cleaning rules are suspended
  • You don't have to feed the meters
  • You don't have to obey parking signs, unless the rule on the sign is in effect all days/all times, or anytime

There are six major legal holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Here's a link to the 2014 NYC Alternate Side Parking Calendar

Is Christmas eve a parking holiday in NYC?

Christmas eve is not a parking holiday in NYC. But, Christmas day is a major legal parking holiday.

What are invisible no standing zones?

Invisible no standing zones do not have parking signs to alert a member. For example:

  • Double parking (minority opinion…and mine)
  • Driveways
  • Parks
  • Bus lanes
  • Railroad crossings
  • Safety zones
  • Pedestrian ramps

A driver is permitted to stop temporarily to drop off or pick up passengers in no standing zones...But not property.

Can you name the twelve no stopping zones in NYC?

The twelve no stopping zones in NYC are:

  • Traffic lanes
  • Hydrants
  • Sidewalks
  • Intersections
  • Cross walks
  • Street excavations
  • Tunnels and elevated roadways
  • Divided highways
  • Bicycle lanes
  • Restricted use and limited use streets
  • Major roadways
  • Obstructing traffic at intersections

A driver is not permitted to stop temporarily, and drop off or pick up passengers or property in no stopping zones in NYC.

How much NYC parking ticket revenue was generated from alternate-side parking violations?

$70M in NYC parking ticket revenue was generated from about 1.2M ASP violations [via Daily News].

Can I ever park in a NYC school zone?

Yes. "Parking is allowed in school zones when school is in recess. However, motorists should be aware that specific schools may be open on holidays and during summer vacations, and parking restrictions would remain in effect. If schools have summer sessions or are open for teacher meetings or similar activities, even if students are not attending, the parking regulations apply on such days. Individuals should contact specific schools to verify that they are in recess. To contact an individual school, call 311 and ask for the "Find a School" service; they will provide you with the school's telephone number. For TTY deaf and hearing-impaired, dial 212-504-4115. If you are calling from outside the five boroughs, dial 212-NEW-YORK (DOT Website)"

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Can I park safely with an expired registration?

Can I park my car on the street with an expired registration?

No, no, 1000 times no!

I've received many questions about what to do if a driver hasn't received his new registration in the mail, and the old one expired. Here's a great solution:

DMV Offers Online Temporary Vehicle Registrations

According to the news release:

Although most registrations are renewed through the mail, at an office or online in time to receive a new registration sticker before the old one expired, many times customers either forget about or wait too long before renewing their registrations. In that case, their only option in the past has been to visit a DMV office to register the vehicle. This new service provides customers with a proof of registration that they can display while waiting for their new registration to arrive by mail.

The temporary registration is available through the DMV Web site (www.dmv.ny.gov). It is available for most vehicle registration classes including boats, trailers and ATVs. There is no additional charge for the temporary document.

After printing the temporary document, customers must display the temporary registration on the driver’s side of the vehicle’s dashboard in addition to the expiring registration sticker until their new sticker arrives.  The temporary registration is valid for 10 days from the date the renewal transaction is completed.  After the temporary registration expires, the registrants can only operate the vehicle if it displays a valid registration sticker. For vehicles that do not have windshields and dashboards such as motorcycles and trailers, the motorist will be instructed to carry the temp when operating the vehicle."

Can I argue my way out of a ticket with a parking ticket warrior?

The Eternal Battle

Arguing with a parking ticket warrior is futile. If you think you've received a parking ticket in error take these steps:

  • Calmly accept the ticket
  • Make mental or physical note of why ticket was received in error
  • Take picture to support your defense
  • Check the front of your ticket for any possible defects

Remember our motto; When You're Right - Fight!

 

What are some common NYC parking ticket mistakes?

There are many common mistakes the driving public makes when dealing with NYC parking tickets:

  • The car matters, you do not
  • Commercial vehicles may not park within 15ft of a fire hydrant
  • A passenger vehicle may park within 15 ft of a fire hydrant, under certain guidelines
  • A bus stop is a no standing zone - ALWAYS
  • Paying your parking ticket without educating yourself first on your ability to appeal..

read more...

How do I prove my Innocence?

What are my tools to fight the Evil Empire

There are different ways to fight NYC parking tickets and different tools for different tickets. Our recomendation is to do your research, via the Internet (or the website), and see what you can come up with.  To help, here is a list of some of the tools to fight NYC parking tickets.

  • Have a camera handy; most cell phones today have cameras on them. If you believe you've been unjustly ticketed, take pictures that you'll need to prepare your defense.  Build a case while you're at the parking space!
  • Keep all muni meter receipts.
  • When you're right, fight!
  • Be knowledgable. Stay current on all NYC parking regulations.  New York Parking Ticket LLC. prides itself on being a source of parking ticket knowledge.

 

 

Where is the summons number on a NYC parking ticket?

The location of the 10 digit summons number on a NYC parking ticket

The 10 digit summons number is located next to the bar code on the side of a printed parking ticket. The summons number is located next to the bar code at the bottom of a hand-written parking ticket.

This image is a NYC parking ticket showing the location of the 10 digit summons number

How much money does the NYC Department of Finance Collect for Street Cleaning Parking Tickets?

The Evil Empire collects $270, 000 per day in NYC street cleaning parking tickets. Here's an newspaper article that writes about the longest stretch of street cleaning rule suspension days since 9/11. Can you guess the cause and number of days?

Can I find my NYC parking ticket online?

You can find your NYC parking ticket on the Evil Empire's website by:

  • Clicking this link
  • Clicking on the first "go" button on the green page (next to "parking/camera violations")
  • Inserting your plate number, plate type, and state or registry;  or your 10-digit violation code
  • Clicking on "search"

What are the on-street parking rates in NYC

The on-street parking rates in NYC, according to the NYC Department of Transportation website:

This image is a chart containing the parking rates throught NYC

 

How much NYC parking ticket revenue was generated from alternate-side parking violations?

$70M in NYC parking ticket revenue was generated from about 1.2M ASP violations [via Daily News].

Is there a NYC Gov. Resource you recommend

What if I lose my NYC parking ticket hearing and my appeal?

I am sorry to report that the next step becomes very expensive...It's filing an Article 78 in the NY State Court System. Realistically, unless you are a Russian oligarch, your pockets may not be deep enough. The filing fee is about $375, plus there's a bunch of paperwork.

Our mantra is fight when you're right, but there is also time to walk away with your head held high, and live to fight another day.

What if I lose my NYC parking ticket hearing?

You're bleeding, but still fighting the good fight. You're entitled to appeal a guilty decision from your NYC parking ticket hearing within 30-days of the date the decision was entered. However, the second bite at the apple is more difficult, and the standard of appeal is:

Did the original parking ticket judge make a mistake of law or fact?

There wasn't any sign saying "tow away zone"

All of New York City is a tow away zone...No notice required. Ugly!

What if I get two NYC parking tickets and my car is towed?

You're entitled to a refund of your towing charges if you get two parking tickets and a tow, and beat the second parking ticket (check the time of issuance). For example, if you park your car within 15 feet of a fire hydrant with an expired registration yelling at a parking ticket warrior to issue  two parking tickets. Let's say the fire hydrant ticket is issued first in time, the expired registration second, and the warrior calls for Captain Hook to tow your car.

You are required to beat the second parking ticket (the expired registration) in order to win a refund of your tow charges.

Will I get a refund of my towing fees, if I beat my parking ticket?

Absolutely. If you beat the parking ticket triggering  the tow, you will get a refund of your towing fees. You may wish to submit this application to alert the media (or at least the Evil Empire).

Is the expiration date on my registration a required element for out-of-state vehicles?

Depends. The expiration date of your registration is considered a required element, if the expiration month and year is displayed on the plate or on the windshield of an out-of-state vehicle. (If not, a parking ticket warrior is still required to insert "N/S" or "N/A" or  you win, upon application).

Are my vehicle's VIN # and color required elements?

Sorry Charley, no. Neither a VIN# or color are required elements.

Can I beat a parking ticket if a new parking sign was just installed?

Yes! A wonderful law. You can beat a parking ticket if a new parking sign was installed within 5 days prior to the issuance of your parking ticket. Yea! You've got to prove the date the new sign was installed ( (think Freedom of Information Request).

 

Can 2 different parking signs on the same pole regulate the same parking spaces?

Yes, sir...scary isn't it? When you stumble upon 2 different parking signs on the same pole that can regulate the same parking spaces, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO FOLLOW THE MORE RESTRICTIVE PARKING SIGN. For example, if one sign prohibits parking between 7A-7P while another sign on the same pole with arrow(s) pointing in the same direction prohibits parking anytime...You are required to pay attention to the no parking anytime sign (because its the more restrictive sign) and skedaddle. Capisce?

Where would I find the NYC Highway and Traffic Rules?

The NYC Highway and Traffic Rules

Simply click on this link and voila!.   Pay particular attention to the Definitions section, and 4-08. These rules were promulgated by the Commissioner of the NYC Department of Transportation for regulating the stopping, standing, and parking of vehicles in New York City.

Where can I find information about Alternate Side Parking?

NYC DOT Alternate Side Parking Rules

Here's a link to the alternate side parking page of the NYC DOT website. It has real time street cleaning suspension information and more...

Are there rules that govern parking ticket hearings?

NYC DOF Rules governing the Parking Violations Bureau

Yup. Chapter 39 of title 19 of the Official Compilation of Rules of the City of New York. Chapter 39 was adopted by theCommissioner 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.

A Link to the NYC Department of Transportation website

The NYC Department of Transportation website

Here's a link to the parking ticket section of the NYC Department of Transportation website.

The NYC Department of Finance Website

The NYC Department of Finance website provides valuable information to the driving public

Click on this link to be whisked away to the Evil Empire's website.

Where can I find the NY State Vehicle and Traffic Laws?

The NY State Vehicle and Traffic Laws

Here-ya-go. NY Vehicle and Traffic Laws ("VTL") Article 2B ...Click away.

Can I park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant?

Yes. You can park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, as long as a licensed driver remains seated behind the wheel of their car (passenger vehicles, only), with the keys, ready to move, upon the request of a cop or warrior, between sunrise and sunset. I call this the Fiddler on the Roof Defense.

Will I find a yellow painted curb to indicate 15 feet from a fire hydrant?

You're as likely to find a yellow painted curb to mark a fire hydrant zone, as you are to find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

How far can I park from a fire hydrant?

You are prohibited from parking within 15 feet from all sides of a NYC fire hydrant.

What' s the defense to a bus stop parking ticket?

You are permitted to stop temporarily, and expeditiously drop off or pick-up people but not property, and skedaddle in a bus stop zone...as long as you do not interfere with a bus entering or leaving a bus stop zone. Best advice- Stay away from NYC bus stop zones. It's an ambush

Does a yellow painted curb indicate a bus stop zone?

Yellow painted curbs have no meaning in NYC

No. The only thing a yellow curb means in parking ticket land is...someone spilled a can of yellow paint.

 

How long is a bus stop zone?

How long is a bus stop zone in NYC?

I dare you...double dare you to  solve the mystery of the New York City bus stop zone any place else in the universe, except right here. A bus stop starts at the bus stop sign and extends in the direction of the arrow(s) until the next parking sign- if none, then the end of the block. The length varies from block to block. Please try your best to avoid a bus stop zone. It's a $115 parking ticket waiting to happen, and it's difficult to beat.

 

I'm standing not parking, If I'm sitting behind the wheel with the motor running, right?

Sitting behind the wheel with the motor running

No, no, a thousand times no. The NY minute you halt your vehicle, you are stopping, standing, and parking. How's that for a mouthful. The viva la difference between stopping, standing, and parking is ONLY the activity you can perform in a no stopping, no standing, and no parking zone. In a no standing zone, you can stop, drop or pick-up people, and skedaddle. In a no parking zone, you can stop, drop and pick-up people and their property.

Standing and Parking are the same, right?

Standing and parking are not the same

Wrong.  Viva la difference! Standing means stopping your vehicle, other than picking- up or discharging a passenger to the curb. Parking means standing your vehicle, other than picking-up or discharging people and their stuff to the curb. In a no standing zone, you're permitted to stop temporarily, drop-off or pick-up passengers to the curb, and leave immediately. In a no parking zone, you are permitted to drop-off and pick up passengers and their property to the curb, and skedaddle. No waiting for your Aunt Tilly to cross the street.

Can I beat a parking ticket for failure to display muni meter receipt?

Muni meter parking rules

Yes. A parking ticket judge is required to dismiss a parking ticket for failure to display muni meter receipt, if you submit a copy of the muni meter receipt showing you paid for the time within 5 minutes of the time your ticket was issued. Nice, rule!

100 days after parking ticket issued

You're in deep Caca. A default judgment is entered, and you're no longer permitted to submit a defense (except by filing a Request for Hearing after Judgment- very difficult to win!).

How many days to submit a defense to a parking ticket?

You have 100 days from the issuance of a parking ticket to file a defense before default judgment is entered. If your defense is received after 30 days by the Evil Empire, penalties will begin to accrue.

What days are the penalties added to a parking ticket?

Penalties added to a parking ticket as follows:

  • $10 on the 31st day
  • $20 on the 61th day
  • $30 on the 81th day

After day 100, a parking ticket lapses into judgment, which means you lose the right to fight the parking ticket, unless you file a "Request for Hearing After Judgment" Application, and it's granted (rarely).

Can you name the 12 No Stopping Zones in NYC?

  • Traffic lanes
  • Hydrants
  • Sidewalks
  • Intersections
  • Crosswalks
  • Street excavations
  • Tunnels
  • Elevated roadways
  • Divided highways
  • Bicycle lanes
  • Restricted use and limited use streets
  • Major roadways

Are there still any mechanical meters left in all 5 NYC boroughs?

The NYC DOT has replaced all single-space meters throughout the city with muni-meters. Muni-meters have several advantages over single-space parking meters, include the convenience of a pay-and-display system, the reduction of unnecessary sidewalk encumbrances, and additional capacity for parked cars in the same curb space.DOT completed replacing all single space parking meters in Manhattan during the summer of 2011. Installation in the other boroughs completed work in January, 2013.For more information on muni-meter installations, contact your local Borough Commissioner’s office

Pedestrian Ramp Go To Top

Can you show me a picture of a legal vs. illegal pedestrian ramp

Here are examples of a legal vs. illegal pedestrian ramp. The pedestrian ramp show in the top image is legal to block (mid block, long street of a 'T' intersection with no marked cross walk, traffic sign or traffic control device regulating traffic. The bottom image is an illegal ($165) pedestrian ramp. Notice the zebra cross walk extending from ramp to ramp

two images comparing legal curb cut to illegal pedestrian ramp in NYC

Can I park in front of a pedestrian ramp in NYC?

You can park in front of a pedestrian ramp in NYC as long as there are no:

  • Marked crosswalks
  • Traffic signs
  • Traffic devices

regulating traffic. Generally, these types of legal pedestrian ramps are located mid-block, in the long street of a 'T' intersection. Illegal to park in front of pedestrian ramps are generally located at 4-corner intersections. The parking fine is $165.

this image is a diagram of a legal pedestrian ramp in NYC