Last Updated on March 12, 2016 by Lawrence Berezin
The NYC parking tickets ambush
Our good friend Joe was circling the block searching for an elusive piece of real estate to park his car. Finally, an empty parking space appears on the horizon. Joe parks his chariot, pays the toll on the poll for one hour’s worth of parking time and heads to the store. Joe returns to his parking space 67 minutes later to find his car missing in action. A casualty of the NYC parking ticket wars.
Joe’s car was towed because all NYC is a tow away zone. No notice required. It matters not that Joe earned his parking ticket for an expired meter, and was only seven minutes late. [Tweet “Anytime you receive one, single parking ticket, your car is exposed to the hook and/or boot”].
Here are Larry’s Top 3 “trickiest” parking tickets to beat in NYC.
1. Bus stop violation
How is the driving community expected to avoid a bus stop parking ticket when they are not informed about where a bus stop ends (except on Larry’s Blog)? There is no painted curb; no specific, uniform distance from the bus stop sign to the end of the bus stop zone; and therefore, the length of a bus stop varies on each and every NYC block.
Further, a parking ticket judge is loathed to dismiss a bus stop parking ticket despite your protestations, and witness affidavits to the contrary.
A bus stop extends in the direction of the arrow(s) on the bus stop sign, until the next parking sign; or if no parking sign, the end of the block. The bus stop rule permits a driver to stop temporarily in a bus stop zone to expeditiously drop-off or pick-up a passenger (but not a passenger and her belongings, suitcase, or even a briefcase) as long as the driver is not blocking a bus from entering or exiting a bus stop zone.
Fugetaboutit! I’ve fought ‘em and lost ‘em. Stay clear of bus stop zones.
2. Fire hydrant violation
Unless there is an omitted, misdescribed, or illegible required element, you are toast when issued an NYC parking ticket for parking too close to a fire hydrant. Please, keep these tips in mind:
- If you are the last car in a line of cars, and your car is closest to the pump, you can expect the orange plague under your wiper when you return to your vehicle. It matters not that you thought you were parked more than 15 feet away. Lately, it doesn’t matter that you parked 17 feet away. The warriors are on a mission to hand out fire hydrant parking tickets like they are Halloween candy.
- In recent months, even when you present proof positive that you parked more than 15 feet from the pump, you will be issued a parking ticket and a judge will find you guilty.
- However, if there is a parking space regulated by a mechanical meter within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, you are permitted to park in that regulated space. It is a little-known exception to the pump rule. Revenue trumps safety.
3. A pedestrian ramp violation and blocking the box violation (tie)
These parking violations are “tricky” because even when you obey the parking law or parking rule, you still stand a great chance of winning an NYC parking ticket. For example, parking tickets are still being issued for parking in front of a “legal” pedestrian ramp. So, you are forced to spend your valuable time fighting a scam parking ticket that shouldn’t have been issued in the first place. At least, a judge will dismiss this bogus orange epistle if you present the proper proof properly.
A blocking the box parking ticket is the devils work. We all hate box blockers. But even when you operate your car within the rules, and enter an intersection when there is sufficient space on the opposite side of the box for your car to fit in your lane of travel, or you intend to make a turn; you still stand a real good chance of getting a parking ticket because warriors don’t follow the rules and simply issue parking tickets to cars left in the box when the music stops.
Sad but true.
I’ve noticed a marked trend in the past two months not to dismiss fire hydrant parking tickets. So, be very careful when parking near a pump.
Please share your “trickiest” NYC parking tickets. Your comments help all of us.
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