Last Updated on October 22, 2017 by Lawrence Berezin
One of the three newish muni-meter laws leaps into effect on September 24, 2012
This is extremely wonderful news for the NYC driving community. A parking ticket warrior can cancel muni-meter parking tickets if you present a muni-meter paid receipt showing you purchased your parking time within 5 minutes of the time your parking ticket was issued (not 6 minutes…not 7 minutes…5 minutes). However, a warrior’s scanner will be programmed NOT to cancel parking tickets after this 5 minute “get out of jail free” time.
The NYC Council passed this Bill. It was vetoed by Mayor Bloomberg, and enacted into law (overriding the Mayor’s veto). It will go into effect 180 days from March 28, 2012. [Larry’s note: effective date is September 24, 2012]. Yea!
“Any agent who issues a notice of violation by electronic means for failure to pay the metered fare shall cancel such notice of violation when, not later than five minutes after the issuance of such notice, such agent is shown a valid muni-meter receipt with an official start time stamp and such start time is no later than five minutes after the time of the issuance of such notice.
The electronic copy of such canceled notice shall be marked “valid muni-meter receipt shown; ticket canceled” and shall include the number of such muni-meter receipt shown. The electronic system used by the agent to issue such notice shall be programmed to prohibit such notice from being canceled later than five minutes after the issuance of such notice.”
What if you can’t find the warrior that issued your parking ticket?
“Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you – not because they are nice, but because you are.” ~Author Unknown
One of the other muni-meter laws requires a parking ticket judge to dismiss your parking ticket even though the warrior no longer has the power to cancel it on the spot. Simply prepare your defense letter reciting the pertinent facts about purchasing time within 5 minutes of the time your parking ticket was issued; and submitting a copy of your paid muni-meter receipt. You win!
I absolutely adore these 3 newish laws. Personally, I wouldn’t go crazy trying to find the parking ticket warrior who issued my parking ticket. If I find the warrior and he cancels my parking ticket…Great. If not, it will be dismissed when I fight it by mail.
Please, I urge you not to crank up the volume when you speak to the parking ticket warrior. If you meet resistance to cancel, walk away and fight your parking ticket by mail or in person. Be nice.
The happy ending will occur after a judge dismisses your parking ticket; rather than ending up in the pokey over a parking ticket.