Last Updated on October 27, 2022 by Lawrence Berezin
Beating an NYC bus stop parking ticket takes relentless learning
Bus stop parking tickets. I made a New Year’s resolution and need your help accomplishing my goal. I am committed to teaching every single solitary member of the NYC driving public how to interpret the bus stop parking rule and offer strategies to avoid or beat NYC bus stop parking tickets.
We are a community, a team, and a parking ticket for standing in a bus stop zone is beaucoup de bucks. So, let’s begin.
These are Larry’s essential words to remember.
- A bus stop parking ticket is a NO-STANDING violation. This means you can stop temporarily and expeditiously drop off or pick up a passenger and go. So why is a bus stop parking ticket so difficult to fight and win? Because…
- There are two (2) words in the parking rule that are poison to the driving public, and they are:
- “Temporarily,” and;
- You can “stand temporarily” in a bus stop zone. “Lasting for only a limited period; not permanent. “a temporary job.”
- You must “expeditiously” and “With efficiency or in an efficient manner” drop off or pick up a passenger.
- Since a bus stop violation is a NO STANDING violation, you cannot unload your property to the curb (A client of ours received a parking ticket for exiting a car in a bus stop zone holding her business briefcase, which the warrior considered to be unloading property to the curb…absurd).
You’ve got a short time to stop, drop off, or pick up a passenger in a bus stop zone. And you must carry out this process in an efficient manner. In reality, a parking ticket warrior sees a car stopped for ten (10) seconds in a bus stop zone while unloading a passenger—a perfectly legal activity.
However, the warrior issues an NYC parking ticket, which essentially says the warrior swears they observed you standing in a bus stop zone for a period that equals more than temporarily or inefficiently discharging your passenger. How are you going to rebut this “sworn testimony?”
The secret is you can’t.
I represented a father who picked up his daughter at the train station from school every day. The father parked his car two blocks from the train station, and when his daughter was walking down the staircase from the train platform, she called her father on her cell phone. The father and daughter stayed in touch by cell phone.
The problem was the father stopped to pick up his daughter in a bus stop zone. Her father drove the two blocks and picked his daughter up at the curb. The entire process, from Dad’s arrival at the curb with his daughter standing by the curb through the daughter entering the car, took less than one minute.
We submitted affidavits and photographs. We lost at the original hearing and lost the appeal. My point is to try your absolute best to avoid standing in a bus stop zone. You can beat the parking ticket if you can persuade a judge the warrior lied about the length of your stop…I’ve won, but it is not an easy trick.
Last bus stop secret
As we all know from reading Larry’s Blog. A bus stop zone begins at the bus stop sign and extends in the direction of the arrow(s) until the next parking sign, or if no parking sign, the end of the block. Please, promise me you will not call and say that you parked far enough away from the movement for a bus to fit. Please, don’t say other people parked in the bus stop zone and didn’t get a ticket.
Locate the bus stop sign, identify the arrow(s) and the direction(s) the arrow points, and find the next parking sign in the direction of the arrow. Or if there is no parking sign at the end of the block.
Promise? Please help me carry out my New Year’s Resolution. Have you ever defeated the evil bus stop parking ticket? Please share how. Let’s share some ideas and see if we can build the perfect defense. I’m counting on you.
[Larry’s note: The Full Monty: “No person shall stand or park a vehicle other than an authorized bus in its assigned bus stop when any such stop has been officially designated and appropriately posted except that the operator of a vehicle may temporarily stand therein to expeditiously receive and discharge passengers provided such standing does not interfere with any bus about to enter or leave the such zone.”]