3 Common NYC parking ticket mistakes
There is no wonder why we make mistakes when it comes to parking in New York City. There are an extraordinary number of rules and laws regulating parking spaces. What do you think the life expectancy is for an empty NYC parking space?
With that said, here are some costly mistakes that we need to avoid.
1. My car was towed and there was no sign warning of a tow-away zone
I can’t tell you how many calls and comments I receive complaining that a car was towed, but there was no sign warning that a parking space was located in a tow-away zone.
The NY State Legislature passed a law making all NYC a tow away zone, no notice or warning required (1956). This means if you get a parking ticket, the parking ticket warrior can call for Captain Hook at his whim or caprice. Here’s a link to the Evil Empire’s (Department of Finance) website informing you how to redeem a car that was towed.
2. How long is an NYC bus stop zone?
This is the best-kept parking secret in New York City. The Evil Empire refuses to explain how to determine the length of an NYC bus stop. Here are some myths:
- About 25 feet
- The length of the yellow curb
- As long as I think it has to be for a bus to fit
I’ve listened to all these myths and much more…They’re wrong.
The length of a bus stop is not measured in feet, and it varies from city block to city block. An NYC bus stop starts at the bus stop sign and extends in the direction(s) of the arrow(s) at the bottom of the sign until; 1) the next parking sign, 2) or if no sign, the end of the block. (By the way, a bus is about 42 feet long).
3. I can drop off a passenger and his groceries in a no standing zone
Nope. You are permitted to stop temporarily, drop off or pick up people (but not their stuff), and leave immediately, in a no standing zone. No waiting for your Aunt Tilly to walk safely into her apartment.
Are you a gluten for punishment?
Here are some more common mistakes we make
“…And miles to go before I sleep.” Please, take the time to arm yourself with the knowledge to navigate the mean streets of NYC without getting a parking ticket. If you get one, look for a winning defense. Never pay an NYC parking ticket “No questions asked.”
Can you find the mistake?
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