Last Updated on October 22, 2017 by Lawrence Berezin
NYC parking ticket mistakes that’ll cost you money
I’m putting on my camouflage outfit, unlocking my special weapon, and loading it with 5 silver bullets. I’m ready to go out and debunk some parking ticket myths. I know this is short notice, but please join me in the debunking hunt because every moment we delay costs the wonderful members of the NYC driving community a bunch of bucks.
Are you ready? Let’s go debunking.
First parking ticket myth: NYC must post a notice that my parking zone is a tow-away zone
Yea right. And you can apologize to a parking ticket judge for violating one of New York City’s gazillion parking rules, and she’ll dismiss your parking ticket.
Please repeat this mantra five times, “All NYC is a tow-away zone. No notice required.”
Second myth: Only a cop can issue a ticket for “Blocking the Box”
Kinda true, but here’s the whole truth…Only a cop can issue a traffic ticket for the moving violation version of blocking the box (worth two points); while approximately 2300 parking ticket warriors are empowered to issue the parking ticket version that costs $115.
Third myth: You can never, ever park in front of a curb cut (cut down in the curb) in NYC
[alert type=”info” icon-size=”hide-icon”]There are two types of curb cuts in NYC. The first type is a benign cut down in the curb. You can identify it by the following:
- There are no marked crosswalks leading from one side of the roadway to the other side
- There are no traffic control devices regulating traffic
- There are no stop signs regulating traffic
- Generally found at “T” intersections of mid-block (where it’s dangerous for any person to cross the roadway)
[alert type=”success” icon-size=”hide-icon”]The second type of curb cut, is a pedestrian ramp, is illegal to block, and has the following characteristics:[/alert]
- Typically found at four-corner intersections
- Have marked crosswalks
- Have traffic control devices or stop signs regulating traffic
If you don’t learn the distinction between the two types of curb cuts, it’ll cost you $165.
Fourth myth: You don’t have to obey any parking signs on Sundays in NY
Close, but no cigar! You are required to obey parking signs that are in effect all days, and all times or that specifically say, “including Sundays,” or in other cases, “except Sundays.”
Fifth myth: You cannot beat a parking ticket for failure to display a muni-meter receipt face- up on the dashboard of your chariot
Yes, you can! Yea. As we all know, there is a new parking law that requires a parking ticket judge to dismiss a parking ticket for failure to display a muni-meter receipt by submitting the following evidence:
- A muni-meter receipt showing that you paid for the time to park your chariot (the time the ticket was issued must match the time period on the muni-meter receipt)
- A concise defense letter stating you paid for the time to park
You can either fight your parking ticket by mail or at an in-person hearing.
We just assassinated 5 NYC parking ticket myths…Or did we?