Last Updated on June 29, 2022 by Lawrence Berezin
Beating a muni-meter parking ticket is very “doable”
What do a dinosaur, Chevrolet Corvair, muni-meter parking ticket, and a mechanical parking meter have in common?
Firstly, New York City is in the process of replacing all mechanical parking meters with Muni-Meters. In other words, mechanical meters are extinct in Manhattan. But, this dying breed of mechanical toll-takers inhabits the other four Jurassic Park boroughs.
On the other hand, what dangers do these new fundraising devices pose to our driving community?
- What if a Muni-Meter is broken?
- Is parking permitted at a broken Muni-Meter?
- Do you know what forms of payment a muni-meter accepts?
- Does the 5-minute grace period count the time it takes to walk to and fro a Muni-Meter to pay the toll?
- Does the 5 minute grace period apply to Muni-Meters?
What if a Muni-Meter is broken?
Here are the steps to follow:
- Call 311, or complete a report online (you must know the meter number or location)
- Defective meters may not be reading credit or parking cards, have fast or failed timing or are not printing receipts for coin payments. The City inspects the broken Muni- Meter and makes repairs if necessary.
- If your credit card is stuck in a Muni-Meter, contact the bank that issued the card and cancel it. A City crew will be dispatched to the meter location within 24 hours and will retrieve your card and destroy it. If your parking card is stuck in Muni-Meter, the City will retrieve it and mail it back to you.
Is parking permitted at a broken Muni-Meter?
“…If all of the meters on the block, the next block, or in a parking field are broken or missing, you can park for the maximum amount of time posted for that metered space” [Via NYC Resource].
But, you must track down and inspect all the Muni-Meters on the city block for a working Muni-Meter (on both sides of the street). If any of these Muni-Meters work, you are required to pay for the time and display the receipt from the “working” Muni-Meter on your dashboard.
Here’s a diagram of a city block. The area included within the green indicates a city block comprises BOTH sides of the street [via Wikipedia: “City Block”].
In the same vein, if you’re parking your chariot in a municipal parking lot, you must search for any working Muni- Meter in the entire parking field (lot).
The muni-meter only accepts certain payments
“All Muni-Meters accept quarters, dollar coins, and parking cards for payment. Meters marked with a credit card logo also accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover Network cards.
Each Muni-Meter has rate information and step-by-step instructions posted on its display card. The meter number also appears on the display card, and parking limits and regulations appear on street signs.”
Can I get a ticket for walking to and fro a muni-meter?
It is not the walking, it is the start time on the muni-meter receipt that starts the clock ticking. The muni-meter must issue a start time within five minutes of your ticket’s time of issue. I wrote about this wonderful new Muni-Meter law.
Does the 5-minute grace period apply to parking at muni-meter?
NYC plans to retire all mechanical parking meters. As a result, muni-meters control multiple parking spaces on city streets and in municipal parking lots.
In conclusion, is this a good thing? That is to say, it depends on who you ask. Here’s a fascinating article that appears on STREETSBLOG.org. However, if you’re familiar with the mission of Streetsblog, you’ll anticipate their position about creating more parking spaces for chariots that run on fossil fuel.