Last Updated on January 9, 2020 by Lawrence Berezin
You can be issued “many” NYC parking tickets in the same parking space
Technically, a parker can be issued NYC parking tickets for all 99 parking violation codes in one space.
For example, if your vehicle was missing a plate, missing an inspection sticker, and was parked in a no-parking zone, you can expect to receive 3 separate NYC parking tickets covering the three separate parking violations.
How to beat multiple NYC parking tickets for the same violation in the same space
It is customary for NYC parking ticket judges to:
- Dismiss the second parking ticket issued for the same “location” violation in the same parking space within 3-hours of the first parking ticket
- Dismiss the second parking ticket issued for the same “status” violation when issued on the same day as the first vehicle “status” NYC parking ticket
“Location” violation refers to a parking crime displayed on the parking sign regulating your parking space (Or, one of the silent enemies). The violation depends on the “location” of your vehicle. For example, no stopping, no standing, no parking, blocking a pedestrian ramp, etc.are “location” violations.
“Status” violation is a parking crime for a missing inspection sticker, missing plate, missing registration sticker, broken mirror, etc. It’s a parking violation involving the legal health of your vehicle and has nothing to do with the “location” of your parking space.
What are your chances of beating the following parking ticket?
ABC Company, a valuable commercial client of New York Parking Ticket LLC, recently purchased a commercial van. The rear seats and fittings were permanently removed, and commercial plates were attached. The big but was that our client did not immediately apply permanent lettering identifying the name and address of the registered owner of the van on both sides of the vehicle, and was issued two tickets for separate commercial parking violations every time the vehicle parked on a city street.
The violations were for:
- No standing except trucks loading & unloading AND
- Unaltered commercial vehicle.
Our client paid the first ticket each time and contested the second ticket. Unfortunately, they lost every time.
I thought about ABC company’s dilemma and recommended we appeal. (It infuriated me, but ABC company paid all the fines, anyway). Here’s my argument:
“Dear Honorable Appeals Panel,
The original judge made a mistake of law because ABC Company (called “Company”) recently purchased a van. The van was not manufactured with seating behind the driver, it was properly registered as a commercial vehicle, and displayed commercial plates.
On August 30, 2011, Company’s van was issued two parking tickets at the same time, in the same space because there was no lettering on both sides of the van. I respectfully assert this is double jeopardy.
The title may be different, but the content is the same for both tickets, i.e., “no lettering on both sides of a commercial vehicle.”
This Appeal Panel has the power to right a wrong, which is piling on significant fines because of the absence of “lettering” on both sides of the vehicle.
Please dismiss this parking ticket.
Attached please find:
- Photograph of van showing cargo area behind front seat contained no seating
- Commercial plates entered on parking summons
My appeals argument stands little chance of success because of the DNA of the parking ticket judges. They will generally apply the “Black Letter” of the law. No areas of gray.
In my humble opinion, it is unconscionable to pile on multiple parking tickets for what is essentially the same parking crime. Whether NYC labels a parking crime as parking an unaltered commercial vehicle on the city streets or parking in a zone restricted to trucks loading and unloading, the company was issued these multiple NYC parking tickets because, and only because, the company did not permanently affix lettering on both sides of the van.
The proper proof consists of persuading the Appeals Panel the only reason multiple tickets were issued was because of the absence of lettering on both sides of the Van. If I fail to offer persuasive proofs, ABC company is toast.
When you’re right-FIGHT (even though you may lose).
Any thoughts? Is ABC company and me parking ticket toast on appeal?