Parking ticket questions asked by readers and answered by Larry
I love answering parking ticket questions from readers that help the driving community better understand the parking rules of engagement. In other words, sharing information that benefits everyone.
Here are some questions I’ve answered. I hope the information helps you avoid or beat NYC parking tickets.
Parking ticket Q and A
Simple question, complicated answer…When you’re right-Fight!
So, the first step is to figure out if you have a winning defense to the parking violation. In NYC, I suggest you check the front of the parking ticket for omitted, misdescribed, or illegible required elements (a required element is a bite size bit of information that must be entered on the ticket for the parking ticket warrior to prove her case against your car). If you find one, you win…Upon presenting the proper proof, properly.
For example, one of the required elements is “plate type.” If the warrior enters the wrong plate type (enters commercial for passenger, for example), you are a winner as long as you present the proper proof. The proper proof in this example would be a copy of your vehicle registration proving that your vehicle was a passenger vehicle.
In NYC, the Evil Empire allows parking tickets to be disputed in person, online, or by mail.
Man, I never understood why people fight so hard to protect their bad, uninformed opinions. Thank you for the feedback about my blog post. I’m glad it was helpful.
[Larry’s comment: You can’t imagine how many times I read bad answers from idiots, who profess to know the parking rules of engagement. Parking Ticket Land has its own version of “Fake News.” Please don’t blindly believe information from people who know ‘nutin about parking ticket rules and regulations. Check out the source].
Great question. Here’s what NYC has to say about parking in front of a driveway:
4–08(2) Driveways. [Standing is prohibited] “In front of a public or private driveway, except that it shall be permissible for the owner, lessor or lessee of the lot accessed by a private driveway to park a passenger vehicle registered to him/her at that address in front of such driveway, provided that such lot does not contain more than two dwelling units and further provided that such parking does not violate any other provision of the Vehicle and Traffic Law or local law or rule concerning the parking, stopping or standing of motor vehicles. The prohibition herein shall not apply to driveways that have been rendered unusable due to the presence of a building or other fixed obstruction and, therefore, are not being used as defined in §4-01(b) of these rules.”
The owner of the property accessed by a private driveway may be issued a parking ticket, but he has a winning defense (if the car was registered to that address and there are two or less dwelling units). Upon presentation of the proper proof, the ticket will be dismissed.
In my humble opinion, the owner of the property accessed by a driveway does not have the power to grant permission to park in front of her driveway on a public roadway.
With that said, if it were me, I would give it a shot and offer certified proof that the owner granted you permission. As Martin said, “What do you have to lose?”
Good thinking. Yes, it is very possible. Here’s the scoop…Judge’s would rather cut off an appendage than dismiss a parking ticket for lack of personal service. The tipping point is presenting a basket-full of facts that lead to only one possible conclusion…Your husband was seated behind the wheel when the ticket was issued. Here’s a link to a blog post that may be helpful. Here’s a link to another blog post that may be helpful.
Good luck, Ivy.
Let me know how you do.
I hate giving bad news to nice people, but…Your story will not set you free.The Evil Empire says that double parking for a passenger vehicle is illegal at all times, night and day, every day. There is a minority view about double parking, which I believe is the correct view. Double parking is a no standing violation. Ergo, if you double park temporarily to drop off a passenger and skedaddle, some judges will dismiss the ticket. However, you are not permitted to load or unload personal property (such as two bags of flour) in a no standing zone (loading is permitted in a no parking zone). Sorry, Andi,
After my heart attack, I was forced to lower the volume of answers I provided to comments posted on our blog. I decided not to answer questions that included multiple subparts asking how to fight a reader’s specific parking tickets.
Currently, I’m trying to answer questions that allow me to share information beneficial to all.
Please remember that fighting your parking ticket is my business. Many wonderful people have asked me to beat their parking ticket and pay a fee when I win. My service includes a free consultation about their parking ticket.
It would not be fair to my clients to offer the same free consultation to a reader who wants me to analyze in detail their parking ticket and give free advice about how to fight it on their own. Please respect my decision.