Last Updated on June 26, 2022 by Lawrence Berezin
An NYC customer success story about a fire hydrant parking ticket
It was great to see the adjudication process of fighting an NYC fire hydrant parking ticket working perfectly.
Joe parked his car on an NYC street, more than 15 feet from a fire hydrant. However, when he returned to his vehicle, he saw that all too familiar orange envelope under his windshield. His heart started beating faster, and his face turned red.
Meanwhile, Joe read the parking ticket charging a violation of Code 40. The parking ticket warrior’s sworn comment on the front of the parking ticket says Joe parked his car 6 feet from the hydrant. Subsequently, Joe’s reaction was anger, outrage, and a commitment to fight the parking ticket because he is right.
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes
The NYC Parking Rules and Regulations
Code 40 prohibits:
Stopping, standing, or parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant. Between sunrise and sunset, a passenger vehicle may stand alongside a fire hydrant as long as the operator remains behind the wheel and is ready to move the car if required to do so.”
Chapter 4-08(e). No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle in any of the following places
(2) Hydrants. Within fifteen feet of a fire hydrant, unless otherwise indicated by signs, or parking meters, except that during the period from sunrise to sunset if standing is not otherwise prohibited, the operator of a passenger car may stand the vehicle alongside a fire hydrant provided that the operator remains in the operator’s set ready for immediate operation of the vehicle at all times and starts the motor of the car on hearing the approach of fire apparatus, and provided further, that the operator shall immediately remove the car from alongside the fire hydrant when instructed to do so by any member of the police, fire, or other municipal department acting in his/her official capacity”
You be the judge of an invisible fire hydrant parking ticket case
Real case, honest people. What do you think of the actual judge’s decision?
Joe’s Action to beat his parking ticket NYC
- He always carries a tape measure and camera with him in his car
- He asks a witness to help him in measuring the distance between the fire hydrant and his car
- He takes some dated photos that clearly show Joe parked his car more than 15 feet from the fire hydrant
- Hires New York Parking Ticket LLC to fight his parking ticket
- We prepare detailed Affidavits for execution by Joe and his witness
- Send a defense letter, detailed Affidavits, and photographs confirming the facts contained in the Affidavits; along with the signed NYC parking ticket to the address on the back of the parking ticket
- Enter a plea of NOT GUILTY and request a hearing by mail
- Approximately four weeks later, Joe receives a letter from the DOF advising him that the judge dismissed his parking ticket
You can see the power of a photograph and tape measure. A $3.00 tape measure saved Joe $115. That is to say, when you are right, fight your NYC parking ticket. Likewise, the NYC parking ticket hearing judge did the right thing after reviewing the evidence, which is nice.
How about the NYC parking ticket warrior? She lied about the distance from the fire hydrant and got caught. Shame on you!
In response to a frequently asked question, the fact that a parking ticket warrior fails to accurately state the distance from your car to the fire hydrant is not enough to win a dismissal. You must prove that you parked your vehicle MORE than 15 feet from the fire hydrant.
I went out and purchased a tape measure. How about you?
[I used the fictitious name, Joe. The honest Joe permitted us to tell his success story and publish the photograph].
Above all, learn how to beat a fire hydrant parking ticket. Click on the pretty button to get Larry’s easy-to-follow guide to winning this costly ticket.