The subject of NYC parking tickets generates a whole bunch of questions
NYC parking tickets are fraught with passion, exasperation, and questions. I’ve experienced all three.
Here are some questions to cogitate.
1. What day of the week does “Black Friday” fall on this year?
Black Friday is the official start of the holiday season ritual where the buying public sets out to spend every last penny they own to buy presents, in one frenetic shopping day.
Retailers and consumers are gearing up for the biggest shopping weekend of the holiday season. This year, 140 million Americans are likely to shop in stores or online during Thanksgiving weekend. Nearly eight in 10 Millennials ages 18-24 plan to shop over the weekend, the highest of any age group.
The smart question: What other groups are gearing up for Black Friday? The answer is parking ticket warriors, and cops. Many of us harbor the mistaken belief that Good Friday comes with parking benefits. Wrong. Good Friday is a regular parking day in NYC:
- Alternate Side Parking Rules are in effect
- You are required to feed the meters, and
- Obey all parking signs.
2. Asking a parking ticket warrior or cop if it’s safe to park here?
This is sad but true. It is really dumb to rely upon warriors or cops to teach you parking rules in NYC. I’ve yet to hear a story where the outcome did not involve a parking ticket.
The smart question: Don’t ask. Knowledge is Power. Learn the rules yourself and rely upon your own, good judgment.
3. Arguing with a parking ticket warrior over a parking ticket
It is a crime to assault a warrior. It starts with a verbal “fisticuffs” and can morph into physical assault pretty darn quick. I promise, you’ll never win an argument with a warrior over a parking ticket.
The smart question: Zip it. When you calm down, check the front of your parking ticket for defects and substantive defenses. When you’re right-Fight! And, beat your NYC parking ticket.
In my humble opinion, there is really never, ever, a dumb question about NYC parking tickets. The only dumb thing to do is not ask the question (to the right people). For example:
- Is it safe to park in front of an “inactive” driveway? Nope. The driveway must be “unusable” due to the presence of a building or fixed obstruction
- Is it safe to block a pedestrian ramp located in a 4-corner intersection? (Nope. However, it is safe to block a pedestrian ramp located mid-block in a ‘T’ intersection with no marked crosswalks, traffic signs, or traffic control device regulating traffic)
- Can you discharge passengers and their stuff in a NYC bus stop zone? Nope, only people.
We are all smart people. But, smart people can do dumb things when they don’t ask a question.