Registration and Inspection parking tickets can be beaten
Has this ever happened to you?:
- “Oh man, I was on my way to get my chariot inspected, parked for 2 seconds, and got an expired inspection parking ticket…” Ca-ching!
- “Yikes, I didn’t realize my registration expired yesterday…” Ca-ching!
- “I didn’t receive my renewal registration sticker in the mail. I had no choice but to drive my car to work with the expired sticker…”Ca-ching!
There are a gazillion bad things that can happen when you park your car with an expired registration or inspection sticker in NYC.
Here’s how to fix ’em.
Let’s start with the Registration and Inspection Rules
4-08 (j) Standing or parking vehicles that violate registration and inspection rules
(1) Vehicles must be properly registered. No person shall stand or park a vehicle bearing a New York license plate or plates unless it is properly registered in accordance with the laws and rules of New York.
(2) Valid plates must be properly displayed. No person shall stand or park a vehicle unless it properly displays the current plate or plates issued to it. For the purposes of this paragraph (j)(2), New York plates shall not be deemed properly displayed unless they are conspicuously displayed, one on the front and one on the rear of the vehicle, each securely fastened so as to prevent the same from swinging and placed, whenever reasonably possible, not higher than 48 inches and not lower than 12 inches from the ground, and they are kept clean and in a condition so as to be readable and shall not be covered by glass or any plastic material, and the view thereof shall not be obstructed by any part of the vehicle or by anything carried thereon. New York dealer or transporter plates issued pursuant to §415 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law shall be deemed properly displayed if the one plate issued is placed on the rear of the vehicle as described above. New York motorcycle plates and plates from other states shall be deemed properly displayed if at least one plate is fastened on the rear of the vehicle.
(3) Vehicles must display a valid registration sticker. No person shall stand or park a vehicle bearing a New York plate or plates unless it properly displays a current registration sticker.
(4) Improper stickers prohibited. No person shall stand or park a vehicle bearing a New York plate or plates displaying an expired, mutilated, void, imitation, counterfeit or inappropriate New York registration sticker.
(5) Registration plates, stickers, and tags must match. No person shall stand or park a vehicle bearing registration plates, stickers, and tags that do not match as to the information contained thereon.
(6) Vehicles must display valid inspection sticker. No person shall stand or park a vehicle bearing New York plates unless it is properly inspected and properly displays a current inspection sticker or certificate, in accordance with §306(b) of the Vehicle and Traffic Law unless it bears New York dealer or transporter plates pursuant to §415 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law.
(7) Improper inspection stickers prohibited. No person shall stand or park a vehicle bearing New York plates displaying any mutilated, imitation or counterfeit of an official certificate of inspection.
(8) Vehicle covers prohibited. No person shall stand or park a vehicle having a cover on it that obscures the make, color, vehicle identification number (VIN), license plates and/or registration and inspection stickers, and/or restricts entry to the vehicle if such vehicle is standing or parked in violation of posted rules.
How I beat these parking tickets
- A parking ticket warrior must enter the correct subsection of 4-08(j). The subsection has to match the violation. For example, 4-08(j)(1) refers to a vehicle being properly registered in accordance with NY State laws and rules, while 4-08(j)(3) requires vehicles to properly display a current registration sticker. What if your vehicle is properly registered according to NY State laws and rules, but you forgot to attach the registration sticker? Or, what if your vehicle was registered in Utah and the warrior issues you a (j)(1) violation? [Furthermore, these two parking tickets can be beaten]
- The date your registration expired must be entered on the parking ticket in the tiny box labeled, “Exp.Date”
- The date your inspection sticker expired must be entered in the comment section of the parking ticket
- The registration sticker number must be entered in the comment section of the parking ticket for an expired registration sticker violation
- The registration sticker number is not required for an improper display of a current registration sticker. However, the registration expiration date must be displayed in the tiny box near the top of the ticket
- For an improper registration ticket, a warrior must enter the reason your vehicle was not properly registered
[Larry’s comment: Many of our wonderful friends requested a cheat sheet to help them beat a registration or inspection parking ticket. I thought it was a great idea. Therefore, I prepared a cheat sheet with the rules, diagrams and Larry’s (that’s me) commentary. If you’d like your own FREE cheat sheet…Simply press the following link and it’s yours Please deliver my registration and inspection ticket cheat sheet].
Temporary registration certificate
If you parked your chariot with a temporary registration certificate affixed to the windshield, please check the date the warrior entered for the registration expiration date. If you secured a temporary registration certificate and attached it to the windshield next to the expired registration sticker, I would argue that the correct date of expiration is the expiration date on the temporary registration certificate (not the date on the expired registration sticker).
A temporary registration certificate is valid for 10 days and grants you a new registration expiration date.[Larry’s note: If you’re charged with a regular, run-of-the-mill, expired registration, the parking ticket warrior is not required to enter the registration expiration date in the comment section. It is enough if the registration expiration date is entered in the tiny box near the top of the ticket. However, it must be entered on the ticket in one place of the other].
A frustrating parking ticket for improper registration
A wonderful client of ours purchased a van for personal use. He followed the proper procedure and registered his van as a passenger vehicle. He displayed passenger plates on the front and back of his van.
However, when he parked his passenger van overnight in a residential neighborhood, he unleashed a torrent of parking tickets.
- Improper registration
- Unaltered commercial vehicle
- Parking a commercial vehicle overnight in a residential neighborhood
We beat all these evil parking tickets. Here’s the defense certification we submitted to beat a parking ticket for improper registration (passenger instead of commercial). In addition, we submitted a series of exhibits showing the exterior and interior of the van.
Never, ever pay an NYC parking ticket “No questions asked.” Check for omissions and commissions. What if the sticker number is wrong [you win]. What if there is no explanation about why the registration was improper [you win].
Inspect your parking ticket with the same fervor you inspected your last home prior to purchasing. Why pay for a parking ticket you can beat?
What, you don’t have the time to inspect? Have you more money this week than you need? It’s only $115.
Bunkum and balderdash. Keep your hard-earned bucks where they belong…in your wallet.[Larry’s update– I recently received an epistle from a member of our community reminding me that it is sufficient for the registration expiration date to be entered in the tiny box labeled “EXP. DATE” near the top of the ticket. In other words, the registration expiration date for a permanent registration is entered in the tiny box near the top of the ticket rather than in the comments section. When you see something, please say something…Thank you].
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