Can you park for free at broken muni-meters?
You are permitted to park for free at broken muni-meters. But, the price of “free” may be very expensive. A driver is required to follow an exhausting procedure to qualify for “free” parking. It may not be worth the time and effort of:
- Filing a broken muni-meter report on the 311 NYC website
- Searching for a working muni-meter in the same parking field
- A parking field includes the entire city block where the broken muni-meter lives, and the entire city block across the street from the broken meter (UPDATE: You are required to search the city block where the broken meter lives (both sides of the street). But, there is some authority that says you may have to search the next city block (both sides of the street), too. (Yikes! Pack a lunch).
- If a driver finds a working muni-meter in the parking field, she is required to buy time and display the receipt on the dashboard of her car
- If there are no working muni-meters in the parking field, a driver must document that all muni-meters are broken
- The broken muni-meter report form will trigger a service request. If you are issued a parking ticket during your parking field journey, you can fight it, submit the proper proof, and the hearing examiner will access the service order to confirm that the muni-meter was, in fact, broken and there were no other working muni-meters in the same parking field
Can you imagine how long your journey will take searching for a functioning muni-meter in the same parking field? I bet you that when you return to your chariot, there will be a parking ticket for failure to display muni-meter receipt staring out from under the windshield wiper.
Can you park for “free” at a broken muni-meter? Sure. Should you? No way!
Where does one find the broken muni-meter report form on the 311 NYC website?
A muni-meter map of open and recently closed service requests for broken muni-meters
Link: Map of open and recently closed service requests for broken muni-meters found on 311 NYC website
All of New York City’s mechanical meters have been replaced by muni-meters. It is essential for the wonderful members of the NYC driving public to learn the official code of conduct for engaging with muni-meters while parking in our fair city. If you think ignorance is bliss, I assure you bliss can get pretty darn expensive.
If you enjoyed this article, you may wish to check out:
“New York Has 81,875 Metered Parking Spaces, And Millions of Free Ones”– Streetsblog.org (I love this publication)
“Benefits of the New Muni Meters”– The NYC Department of Transportation. Includes some helpful diagrams.
“Are you making these 5 NYC parking ticket mistakes?”– Larry’s Blog
“Are broken muni-meters a problem for you?”- Larry’s Blog