Broken NYC Muni-Meters cause a whole lot of anxiety
(Udated on July 2, 2021)
Broken NYC Muni-Meters proved to be Joe’s downfall. Especially when he was running late for an important business meeting. And, he didn’t have the time to look for another parking space.
Sadly, when Joe returned to his “free” space, he found a bright orange parking ticket under his wiper.
“I thought I was allowed to park for free at a brokien NYC Muni-Meter,” Joe said outloud to no one in particular.
Not so fast Joe. There’s much more to parking for free then just parking.
Table of Contents
- Broken NYC Muni-Meters cause a whole lot of anxiety
- The Broken NYC Muni-Meters Rule
- Muni- Meter laws you ought to know about
The Broken NYC Muni-Meters Rule
(3) Parking at broken or missing meters.
(i) A person shall be allowed to park at a missing or broken meter up to the maximum amount
of time otherwise lawfully permitted at such meter.
(ii) Where parking spaces in a parking field or on a block are controlled by “Muni-Meters,” and
a “Muni- Meter” is broken or missing, the person seeking to purchase a parking receipt shall use a functional “Muni- Meter” in the same parking field or on the same block, to purchase a parking receipt and shall display it pursuant to paragraph 10 of this subdivision.
If all muni-meters in a parking field or on a block are missing or broken, a person shall be allowed to park in such parking field or on such block up to the maximum amount of time otherwise lawfully permitted by such muni-meters in such controlled parking field or block.
For purposes of this section, “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.
Here are some tips to help you figure out how to work these diabolical machines.
Muni- Meter laws you ought to know about
Here is a short, but informative, slide presentation about the MM laws.
Will you get a parking ticket if you park at broken NYC Muni-Meters
Can you beat a ticket for parking at a broken muni-meter?
Why is it difficult to obtain the evidence?
I interpret “parking field” to mean both sides of the city block (and hopefully a short city block).
If you stumble upon a broken muni-meter:
- Make sure the screen displays “Machine out-of-order”
- If not, move along little doggie
- If so, call 311
- Take photographs of the machine including the screen displaying “Machine out-of-order,” and the identification number on the MM
- Search for a working MM machine in the same “parking field”
- If you find another broken machine, repeat the same process set forth above, and search for a working MM machine
- If the search for a working MM machine proves to be futile, find another parking space
Please remove all sharp objects from your chariot before you look for a working muni-meter.
Do you wanna know some muni-meter secrets? Press very gently on this link and you’ll find out.