Last Updated on February 14, 2018 by Lawrence Berezin
Parking ticket tips are like money in the bank
I am no match for David Letterman. His top 10 list makes you laugh. My parking ticket tips only help you save your hard-earned dough, and beat NYC parking tickets.
Without further adieu, here they are:
Number 10: Always check the front of your parking ticket for mistakes. If you find an omitted, misdescribed or illegible required element, your parking ticket will be dismissed, upon application.
Number 9: Never, ever park in a handicap parking zone. The parking ticket fine is a hefty $180, and you are taking the space away from someone who really needs it
Number 8: Never, ever vacate the parking space where you’ve received an NYC parking ticket without taking the proper photographs to prove where exactly you parked. You may subsequently learn you can beat your ticket if you have a photograph of your vehicle at the scene of the crime. After you leave your space, it’s too late. Here’s a link to a terrific video showing you how to take photographs to fight an NYC parking ticket
Number 7: All New York City is a tow away zone.
Number 6: If you are issued a parking ticket for parking in front of a pedestrian ramp located in the long ‘T’ of a ‘T’ intersection, with an unmarked crosswalk, and no traffic signs or signals regulating the flow of traffic; it is not a violation. VC 67 was amended in December 2008, and this violation was eliminated. Your savings by knowing this amendment to VC 67 is $165. The feeling you’ll get beating this ticket…Priceless.
Number 5: Other than fighting a parking ticket online (which I do not recommend) for an omitted, misdescribed or illegible required element, I urge you to dispute your parking ticket in person, or by mail with notarized affidavits. You are not permitted to submit photographs or other documents you need to dispute your parking ticket and win in an online hearing. It’s a trap to avoid.
Number 4: Never, ever wait 2 hours at the DOF for a hearing on an NYC parking ticket when you did the crime, and you’re only seeking a reduced fine. You can apply for a reduced fine, online. Click this link for an easy step-by-step guide.
Number 3: Never, ever park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant; unless you leave a licensed driver sitting behind the wheel, ready to move your car (don’t forget to leave the keys) upon a request to do so. This is the “Fiddler on the Roof” defense, i.e., only valid between SUNRISE/SUNSET. I urge you to throw a $3.00 tape measure into the glove compartment of your car. If you receive a parking ticket for a fire hydrant violation, take photographs with a tape measure before you move your car to prove you did not park within 15 feet of the hydrant. There is no reduction for a fire hydrant violation, and it is terribly unsafe to risk interfering with a fire truck. Click on this link to learn how one of our clients beat a parking ticket for parking too close to a fire hydrant.
Number 2: Remember, a bus stop zone begins at the bus stop sign and extends in the direction(s) of the arrow at the bottom of the bus stop sign, until the next parking sign; or if no parking sign, until the end of the block. There is an NYC parking ticket myth that you will find a yellow painted curb or other indicia of a bus stop zone. No way, no how, never, ever. That’s why it is called a myth. A bus stop zone may cover the entire block.
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I’m sure everyone who reads Larry’s Blog, comments or replies, knows number 1.
Number 1: Never pay a parking ticket no questions asked!
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