Last Updated on July 9, 2016 by Lawrence Berezin
Abbott & Costello, the 3 Stooges, and the Keystone Kops rolled into one
Luck be a lady tonight…You found a legal parking space to park your car. Only to return the next morning, and find a parking ticket lying in repose under your windshield wiper. You look up and lo and behold, the City installed a new parking sign overnight. $%#^!
Can you beat this evil epistle? YES! There is a relatively new law that gives the parking public a Mulligan when the City installs a new sign and a warrior or cop issues a parking ticket within 5 days . Here’s how to fight your parking ticket and win.
Ever been bitten by those “temporary” parking signs?
I get calls all the time from incensed members of the driving public explaining how they failed to notice one of those paper, temporary, parking signs; typically prohibiting parking due to construction. The tipping point here in fighting this parking ticket and winning is the temporary parking sign must be issued by an authorized city agency. Not one of the members of the construction crew who decides to create some free parking for his gang.
Please be sure to:
- Check the parking sign to make sure an authorized city agency installed it; and,
- Keep in mind a temporary, properly authorized, paper sign takes precedent over a permanent parking sign
You may wish to fight one of these temporary, paper signs if your parking ticket was issued within 5 days of installation; citing the law referred to in the first paragraph.
The parking meter paper signs ambush
A real nice guy was ambushed on Sunday by the evil parking rule displayed in the dome of a parking meter. Unfortunately, it is a legal parking restriction that must be obeyed. So, when deciding whether a parking space is safe, don’t forget to check under the parking meter dome. You really can’t make this stuff up.
Who’s on first?
Have you experienced any of these NYC parking sign challenges? What action did you take? Share! Please!