Last Updated on November 3, 2022 by Lawrence Berezin
If you make these fire hydrant mistakes, you’ll win a $115 parking fine
A fire hydrant is a ubiquitous fact of life in NYC. They save lives, and property and help keep people safe. I can’t imagine an NYC block without one.
On the other hand, NYC hydrants have been a nemesis of the driving public. They are the Joker to the driving public’s Batman. But, that iconic curb-dwelling pump is a protected species. Likewise, disobeying any of the various elements of the rule will result in a $115 fine and probably a tow.
Here are some common mistakes to avoid and how to fix them.
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5 common mistakes
Do these common mistakes sound familiar? They should because these five little dandies have cost the NYC driving public a whole bunch of money. Here are some suggestions:
- Keep a tape measure in your glove compartment
- Walk off 16 steps from the bumper to the pump right after seeing the ticket
- Be proactive. If you are the closest car to the fire hydrant measure the distance, and then photograph it.
- If you get a fire hydrant ticket, do not leave the location without taking photographs galore!
- Be sure you photograph your front bumper next to a landmark so you can take photos when you return later
It is always challenging to fight a hydrant ticket and tough to win. But an ounce of precaution is worth $115.
Fire Hydrant parking tickets sting you with a $115 fine. But you don’t have to pay them “no questions asked.”
Joe got an unjust ticket and fought it himself. Sadly, Joe lost. Two weeks later, Joe got a second fire hydrant ticket, and this time asked Larry to fight the good fight. Larry beat the second ticket.
Read Larry’s suggestions to Joe about how to fix his defense package