4-08 (j) Standing or parking vehicles that violate registration and inspection rules or have the VIN obscured
(1) Vehicles must be properly registered. No person shall stand or park a vehicle bearing a New York license plate or plates unless it is properly registered in accordance with the laws and rules of New York
-Comment: This rule does not apply to out-of-state vehicles, only NY State registered vehicles. You were charged under the wrong subsection of 4-08 (j) if your vehicle was properly registered but you displayed the registration improperly (like on your dashboard). I suggest you fight the ticket…You’ll win!
(2) Valid plates must be properly displayed. No person shall stand or park a vehicle unless it properly displays the current plate or plates issued to it. For the purposes of this paragraph (j)(2), New York plates shall not be deemed properly displayed unless they are conspicuously displayed, one on the front and one on the rear of the vehicle, each securely fastened so as to prevent the same from swinging and placed, whenever reasonably possible, not higher than 48 inches and not lower than 12 inches from the ground, and they are kept clean and in a condition so as to be readable and shall not be covered by glass or any plastic material, and the view thereof shall not be obstructed by any part of the vehicle or by anything carried thereon. New York dealer or transporter plates issued pursuant to §415 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law shall be deemed properly displayed if the one plate issued is placed on the rear of the vehicle as described above. New York motorcycle plates and plates from other states shall be deemed properly displayed if at least one plate is fastened on the rear of the vehicle
-Comment: This rule requires both NY State and out-of-state vehicles to properly display the current plates issued to it. The rule describes what it means to properly display NY State plates, although it is obviously silent on what amounts to proper display in the other states. Please note that the rule refers to both “display” and “current.” It is a violation to properly display an expired plate
(3) Vehicles must display a valid registration sticker. No person shall stand or park a vehicle bearing a New York plate or plates unless it properly displays a current registration sticker
-Comment: The rules only applies to NY State vehicles. It requires the proper display of a current sticker. This means you’ll get a parking ticket if: The stickers aren’t displayed in the right order on the windshield, sitting on the dashboard, or expired, etc.
(4) Improper stickers prohibited. No person shall stand or park a vehicle bearing a New York plate or plates displaying an expired, mutilated, void, imitation, counterfeit or inappropriate New York registration sticker
-Comment: What does “mutilated” mean to a judge? A warrior must enter a reasonable reason why she believed the registration sticker was improperly displayed. If not, you win. For example, I beat a parking ticket when the warrior entered NS-Rain. Generally, “rain” isn’t a reasonable reason. Plus, I presented evidence that it was not raining at the time of the alleged violation.
(5) Registration plates, stickers, and tags must match. No person shall stand or park a vehicle bearing registration plates, stickers, and tags that do not match as to the information contained thereon.
-Comment: We get it. Our tie and shoes and suit must match (Yikes, I’m in trouble)
(6) Vehicles must display valid inspection sticker. No person shall stand or park a vehicle bearing New York plates unless it is properly inspected and properly displays a current inspection sticker or certificate, in accordance with §306(b) of the Vehicle and Traffic Law unless it bears New York dealer or transporter plates pursuant to §415 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law
-Comment: You’ll be charged with violating this subsection if you don’t properly display a current inspection sticker. The warrior must enter the sticker number and expiration date in the comment section of the parking ticket. If not, you win.
(7) Improper inspection stickers prohibited. No person shall stand or park a vehicle bearing New York plates displaying any mutilated, imitation or counterfeit of an official certificate of inspection.
-Comment: See comment to #4. This subsection covers inspection stickers.
(8) Vehicle covers prohibited. No person shall stand or park a vehicle having a cover on it that obscures the make, color, vehicle identification number (VIN), license plates and/or registration and inspection stickers, and/or restricts entry to the vehicle if such vehicle is standing or parked in violation of posted rules.
-Comment. You cannot obscure (“keep from being seen; conceal”) the:
- Registration sticker
- Inspection sticker
- Or, restricts entry of the vehicle if such vehicle is standing or parked in violation of posted rules
I suggest not affixing a clear, plastic cover on your plate. You will get a parking ticket and have to spend your valuable time fighting it (and you still may lose).
(9) Obscuring VIN prohibited. No person shall stand or park a vehicle that has the vehicle identification number obscured in any manner.
-Comment: In case you forgot subsection 8 above, the Evil Empire is reiterating that you cannot, in any way, obscure the VIN number. Period, end of story.
Parking ticket for an inspection violation (example)
Parking ticket for a registration violation (example)
[Larry’s comment: The expiration date need only be entered in the box near the top of the ticket. Some warriors will not enter the expiration date in the comment section. The important tip to remember is that the expiration date must be entered on the ticket or else you win, upon application).