Last Updated on October 24, 2017 by Lawrence Berezin
Learning about NYC parking tickets takes relentless repetition
Have you stumbled upon the 3 question parking tickets quickie quiz that lives on the “Homepage” and “Larry’s Blog?” Pinky swear you’ll take 20 seconds to test your parking ticket I.Q.? What you’ll learn will help you keep your hard-earned dough where it belongs…in your wallet.
Here are some of the responses. Are you shocked?
|#||Question||Correct Answer||Correct Answer %|
|1.||The majority view is that a private passenger vehicle can never, ever double park in NYC?||TRUE||58%|
|2.||The minority view (Larry included) is that a private passenger vehicle can double park while picking up and dropping off a passenger to the curb?||TRUE||58%|
|3.||You can double park to quickly enter and leave a store, as long as you’re back in your car in less than 3 minutes?||FALSE||83%|
|4.||You are permitted to double-park on the unrestricted side during ASP days?||FALSE||74%|
|5.||You are permitted to stop temporarily in a “No Standing” zone to answer your cell phone||FALSE||83%|
|6.||The parking ticket settlement program is still in effect?||FALSE||61%|
|7.||You can beat a ticket when it is issued within 5 days of the installation of a new parking sign?||TRUE||64%|
|8.||It is NOT legal to park in front of a mid-block pedestrian ramp, with no parking signs, traffic control devices, and marked crosswalk?||FALSE||48%|
#1-#3: Double-parking. It is better to never, ever double park in NYC because if a warrior or cop is looking, you’ll get an NYC parking ticket. It is my humble opinion (minority view) that the NYC parking rules permit double parking in a No Standing and No Parking zones while you are stopped temporarily and actively engaged in dropping off and picking up a passenger. The NYC Department of Finance Adjudication Unit (the judges that hear your parking ticket cases) agree! [See “Got tickets? Your Guide to Parking Ticket Hearings” published by the NYC DOF Adjudication Unit, page 10 and page 14].
TIP: When you fight a parking ticket for double parking, and raise the defense of “stop, drop, and go,” reference page 10 and 12 in your defense letter.
#4: It is not legal to double park on the unrestricted side of the street during ASP. This rule is typically honored in the breach. Warriors and cops look the other way on most days, but you are toast when it is quota tango time.
#5: Does it shock you to learn that 17% of our NYC driving community believe it’s safe to stop and talk? It isn’t. Ca-ching…$115
#7: The parking ticket settlement program is kaput. Fugetaboutit!
#8: It is positively legal to park in front of a pedestrian ramp located mid-block; IF there are no marked crosswalks, traffic signs, or traffic control devices regulating traffic. I am sorry to say those rogue warriors are still issuing scam parking tickets for parking in front of perfectly legal pedestrian ramps. When you’re right-FIGHT!
Class dismissed. See you next week.