Last Updated on July 18, 2021 by Lawrence Berezin
Searching the NYC Council Transportation Committee for new parking laws
The NYC Council is on a roll. Passing new laws that change the quality of life for the driving public. I thought I’d written about all the new muni-meters laws, but I missed one.
I discovered my mistake while reviewing the bills filed with the Committee on Transportation during the 2013 council session. So, without further adieu, here is the missing bill.
“Deactivating muni-meters when parking rules are not in effect or receipt paper is not available”
Here’s the text of the new law that was enacted on July 1, 2013:
By Council Members Greenfield, Gentile, Vacca, Arroyo, Barron, Cabrera, Eugene, Fidler, Gonzalez, James, King, Koo, Koppell, Palma, Recchia, Richards, Rose, Vallone, Williams, Wills,Garodnick, Rodriguez, Brewer, Mealy, Van Bramer, Dickens, Gennaro, Ulrich and Ignizio
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, to deactivating muni-meters when parking rules are not in effect or receipt paper is not available.
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1. Subchapter 2 of chapter 1 of title 19 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended to add a new section 19-167.3 to read as follows:
§19-167.3 Deactivating muni-meters. a. For the purposes of this section, the term “muni-meter” shall mean an electronic parking meter that dispenses timed receipts that must be displayed in a conspicuous place on a vehicle’s dashboard.
b. The department shall program each muni-meter to ensure that such muni-meter is unable to accept payment:
1. from the last time in a day that parking meter rules are in effect for any parking space within the block or parking field of such muni-meter, or for any other parking space within one hundred feet of such muni-meter, until one hour prior to the next time meter rules take effect for any parking space within the block or parking field, or for any other parking space within one hundred feet of such muni-meter; and
2. when such muni-meter does not contain paper to print timed receipts.
c. This section shall apply only to muni-meters that can be programmed as set forth in subdivision b of this section, provided that no later than two years after the enactment of the local law that added this section, all muni-meters in the city of New York shall be capable of being programmed in the manner required by subdivision b of this section.
§ 2. This local law shall take effect ninety days after its enactment into law.
Parking laws filed at the end of the 2013 NYC Council session
Bills that are still hanging around may be filed “Sine Die” which means:
[Latin, Without day.] Without day; without assigning a day for a further meeting or hearing.
A legislative body adjourns sine die when it adjourns without appointing a day on which to appear or assemble again.
West’s Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
These bills were like guests on the Johnny Carson show that never made it out of the “green room” because the show ran too long. Johnny always promised to reschedule these guests at a later, unspecified time.
I found it fascinating to check out the laws that never made it out of the NYC Council’s “green room” since their introduction in 2010, that was filed “sine die” at the end of the 2013 council session:
- Authorizing the commissioner of finance to establish a temporary parking penalty forgiveness program [Int 0022-2010 to the NYC Council Finance Committee]
- Permissible double parking of vehicles [Int 0281-2010 to the NYC Council Transportation Committee]
- Suspension of alternate side of the street parking rules on blocks adjacent to filming [Int 1116-2013 to the NYC Council Transportation Committee
- Prohibiting parking within fifteen feet of an intersection [Int 1149-2013 to the NYC Council Transportation Committee]
- Permissible double parking adjacent to schools [Int 0281-2010 to the NYC Council Transportation committee]
Kudos to the City Council for enacting laws that are driving public friendly. And, sorry about my oops.
what about the 5 minute grace period for all muni meter violations? and not just for failure to display. If you don’t display a muni receipt, you get 5 minute before and 5 minute after for your receipt to be valid.
and if you are showing a muni receipt, whether from a different location, or a different time, or different day….you only get 5 minute from the expired time on that receipt ?? that is an awful rule.
It should all be, 5 minutes from time of issuance…no matter what the muni violation is. They are penalizing people for having a receipt in the window. If it is expired over 5 minutes, the receipt is garbage….and it only means that the agent will wait 6 minutes so he can write the ticket, but one should have 5 minutes after time of issuance…..just like the failure to display….
5 minutes before and 5 minutes after, to show a valid receipt for ALL muni meter violations…! So it is great that they are enacting all these things, but they still are not getting the “big picture”.
5 minutes before time of issuance is the 5 minute grace period from receipt in the window….but they have to also get the 5 minutes after….Unless of course, NYC is now telling drivers to make sure that their dashboard is completely clean, if they are going to a new location and to remove any receipts from ones window??!! , so that the agent can’t look in and take more numbers that can be questioned off a piece of paper in ones dashboard….Are they kidding?? and I know they are not…its hysterical….
They are basing a “rule/law” on an expired receipt in ones window?? It is unreal, how stupid they make themselves….with all due respect, of course.
Lawrence Berezin says
Thanks for sharing your insights with us.
I may be misunderstanding, but here’s my take on Muni Meter Land:
A muni meter ticket for any muni meter violation will be dismissed upon submission of a receipt displaying a start time within 5-minutes of the time of violation
A driver has 5-minutes following the end time on his muni meter receipt to move his car
Are we on the same page on the gaggle of MM rules and laws?