Last Updated on November 3, 2022 by Lawrence Berezin
5 minute grace period parking ticket conundrums
Joe called the other day and asked a great question. Does the 5-minute grace period apply to the beginning or the end of a rule change? For example:
- Let’s say that an alternate side parking rule prohibits parking from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., does Joe have until 8:36 a.m. or 11:06 a.m. to move his car?
- How about this scenario? Joe parks his chariot in a muni-meter zone and pays for parking time until 3:00 p.m. Does Joe have until 3: 06 p.m. to move his chariot?
- Here’s another query. Joe parks his car at 9:00 a.m. in a parking space regulated by a parking sign prohibiting parking from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Does Joe have until 10:06 a.m. or 2:06 p.m. to move his car?
How to apply the 5 minute grace period to ASP
- The 5-minute grace period applies to the beginning of the ASP rule. The Evil Empire grants Joe 5 NYC minutes to add to the 8:30 a.m. starting time. The grace period rule prohibits a parking ticket warrior from issuing a parking ticket until 8:36 a.m.
- However, Joe can’t tack on this wonderful grace period rule to the end of the ASP time limit. It makes sense, right? An otherwise law-abiding driver can’t park illegally during street cleaning time and expect to add an extra 5 minutes to move his chariot at the end of the rule.
Myth #1 debunked!
How to apply the grace period rule to parking in a parking-meter zone
- The 5-minute grace period is added to the end of Joe’s parking time in a muni-meter zone. Joe is granted 5 minutes after the expiration of the time on his muni-meter receipt to dash back to his chariot and skedaddle. A parking ticket warrior is prohibited from issuing a parking ticket until 3:06 p.m.
- The 5-minute grace period is a defense to a failure to display muni-meter receipt parking violation (VC38) if the start time on your muni-meter receipt is within 5-minutes of the “time of the offense” entered on the parking ticket
Myth #2 debunked!
How to apply the grace period rule to parking signs with specific hour limits
The 5-minute grace period is added to the beginning of a rule change on a parking sign with specific hour limits. That is to say, Joe parked his car legally at 9:00 a.m. (before the rule change at 10:00 a.m.). At 10:00 a.m. Joe’s free parking space turned into an expensive parking space. Thanks to the generosity of Mayor Bloomberg and the NYC DOF, Joe has 5 minutes past the time his parking space morphed into the killing fields at 10:00 a.m. to move his car.
The remarkable grace period rule prohibits a parking ticket warrior from issuing a parking ticket until 10:06 a.m.
Here is a Grace Period Chart that may help
New York City Administrative Code(NEW)
§ 19-213. Grace period. a. For the purposes of this section, the term “muni-meter receipt” shall mean the receipt showing the amount of parking time purchased that is dispensed by an electronic parking meter and must be displayed in a conspicuous place on a vehicle’s dashboard. b. No notice of violation shall be issued for allegedly parking in excess of the allotted time displayed on a muni-meter receipt or longer than the time period allowed by a sign posted by the department until five minutes after the time that such a violation occurs (emphasis added).
Myth #3 debunked!
The NYC Council enacted outstanding legislation, overriding the veto of Mayor Bloomberg, creating a breath of fresh air between the beginning of a parking rule with specific time limits, the end of the time on your muni-meter receipt, and issuing an NYC parking ticket.
Learning how to apply the 5-minute grace period is a great way to save money. However, there is a gaggle of new parking meter rules and regulations that you need to know now!
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