Last Updated on November 28, 2014 by Lawrence Berezin
NYC parking ticket mistakes will cost you a bunch of your hard-earned bucks
You’ve made ’em, I’ve made ’em, we’ve all made mistakes parking in NYC that have cost us dearly. Why? Maybe because we have about 3 seconds to make a decision about whether it’s safe to park before being sacked by a parking ticket warrior. Or, maybe, just maybe, a newly redesigned parking sign is still confusing.
Here are five common NYC parking ticket mistakes and how to fix them.
1. It’s about your car, not you
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this excuse:
If your car had run into the store for just a couple of minutes, you wouldn’t be paying a $115 double parking ticket.
Get the point?!
2. Viva la difference
There is a difference between standing and parking, or else they would’ve named ’em the same. They are not twins.
Learning is relentless repetition, so here it goes…
- You can stop temporarily in a no standing zone to drop off or pick up a passenger, and skedaddle (no waiting, you must leave immediately).
- You can stop temporarily in a no parking zone to drop off or pick up a passenger and their stuff, and skedaddle (no waiting, you must leave immediately)
3. You cannot park your commercial vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant
“Trix are for kids,” and the exception to the NYC fire hydrant rule is for passenger vehicles not commercial vehicles.
Between sunrise and sunset, a passenger vehicle may stop, stand, or park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, if:
- A licensed driver
- With the keys
- Remains seated behind the wheel (not sleeping in the back seat)
- Ready to move
- Upon the request of a cop or warrior authorized to move you and your chariot
- Between sunrise and sunset
Don’t forget, it’s not about you. If you remain seated in your truck within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, you are parking ticket toast.
4. A bus stop is a no standing zone
And you can’t drop off or pick up people and their stuff in a no standing zone.
Ergo, if your 98-year old Aunt Tilly is waiting for you in a bus stop with her suit cases by her side…keep driving (sorry Aunt Tilly).
5. You pay your NYC parking tickets, “No questions asked”
When a friend tells me they paid a parking ticket, “no questions asked” it is the most unkindest cut of all.
Please, I beseech you…[Tweet “never, ever, under any circumstances, pay a parking ticket without:”]
- Examining the front of the parking ticket for omitted, misdescribed, and illegible required elements
- Looking for a substantive defense to beat the parking crime of the century
O.K. now it’s your turn. Have any common mistakes you’d like to share with the group?
Looking forward to your help.