The parking ticket quiz answers were eye-opening
85 wonderful members of our community answered a 5-question quiz about the rules of engagement in Parking Ticket Land.
I carefully analyzed the results of the quiz. The answers helped me identify the gaps in knowledge that I need to address in future blog posts and guides.
Here are the results. Are you surprised?
The parking ticket quiz analyzed question by question
I took the first question directly from the rule about parking at a broken (or missing) muni-meter. I urge you to avoid parking at a broken meter at all costs because:
- You are required to check every meter on the block (intersection to intersection) on both sides of the street (parking field)
- If you find a working meter, you are required to pay for the time and race back with the receipt within 5 minutes of issuance
- You are required to report all broken meters by either calling 311 or the preferred method of completing a form on the 311 website
- You will get a parking ticket
- You must contest the ticket
- A judge will check the DOT records to verify that all meters in the parking field were broken
39% of respondents got it wrong.
The rule is good to know so you never attempt to park at a broken meter.
I love the fact that I was only able to trick a tiny percentage of the respondents with this question. A driver is not permitted to park in excess of the time limit for the parking zone. In other words, if you park in a 1-hour parking zone, you can only park your chariot for one hour. When the hour is up, you must skedaddle. o You cannot feed the meter to park an additional hour.
The grotesque practice of booting a car and 2-hours later towing it is despicable. It is clearly overreaching and imposing two charges for the same parking violation. Imagine getting a ticket ($115), a boot ($185) and a tow 2-hours later because you parked in a no standing zone and went to work. I urge you to write to your council person to bring this draconian practice to her attention to motivate action to change this illegal behavior.
I found it interesting that 45% of the respondents didn’t know this practice existed (hopefully, they’ll never experience the boot and tow)
I have been working overtime to teach our community that No beats Yes. A safety zone (a No) trumps a parking sign that permits parking.
Sadly, 45% of all respondents haven’t learned this painful parking ticket land rule.
You can never ever stop in a bike lane, period. End of story.
The correct answerers narrowly beat the incorrect answerers. Please don’t make this mistake
My major mission is to help every, single member of the NYC driving public learn the parking rules and regulations and beat unjust parking tickets. The best way for me to help youse guys and guyettes is to offer quizzes that test your current knowledge of the rules of engagement. The feedback I get from these tests helps me identify strengths and weaknesses.
I’ll keep preparing ’em if you keep taking ’em. Do we have a deal?
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