NYC Parking Law Change for Broken Parking Meters

nypt imges  overtime parking meter NYC Parking Law Change for Broken Parking MetersI am frequently asked the following question about parking in a space controlled by a broken NYC parking meter:

How long can I park when the meter is broken?

I am happy to report that Mayor Bloomberg signed a bill last year that took effect on March 1, 2009 permitting you to park at a broken NYC parking meter for as long as you would normally be able to park if the meter were working. This is a departure from the “old NYC parking meter law,” which only allowed parking at a broken meter for one hour

What should I do when I learn the meter is broken?

Call 311. The DOT field inspectors will make the necessary repairs; and the information will be entered into the DOT computerized system

What should I do if I still get a NYC parking ticket?

  • Plead NOT GUILTY
  • Check “Broken Meter” in the third box at the bottom of the back of the ticket. This is an administrative claim, not a requrest for a hearing
  • Send the ticket, by certified mail, return receipt requested to:
      • NYC Department of Finance Meter Unit
  • P.O. Box 29021
  • Cadman Plaza Station
  • Brooklyn, NY 11202-9021

What should I do if my parking meter claim is denied?

If your meter claim is valid, the ticket will be dismissed. If your claim is denied, you can still request a hearing on the ticket.

Did you know about the change? Have you received any parking tickets after March 1, 2009 citing the old law?

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