Beating a muni-meter parking ticket is very “doable”
What does a dinosaur, Chevrolet Corvair, Muni-Meter parking ticket and a mechanical parking meter have in common? New York City is in the process of replacing all mechanical parking meters with Muni-Meters. Mechanical meters are extinct in Manhattan, but the other four Jurassic Park boroughs are still inhabited by this dying breed of a mechanical toll collector. What dangers do these new fundraising devices pose to our driving community?
- What if a Muni-Meter is defective?
- Is parking permitted at a defective Muni-Meter?
- What are forms of payment accepted at a Muni-Meter?
- Can a parking ticket be issued to my car while walking 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 defective?
I’m glad you asked. 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 defective 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 cancels 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 defective 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 (you must inspect all Muni-Meters 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 is comprised of BOTH sides of the street [via Wikipedia: “City Block”].
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).
What type of payments are accepted by muni-meter?
“All Muni-Meters accept quarters, dollar coins, and parking cards for payment. Meters marked with a credit card logo also will 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. Parking limits and regulations appear on street signs.”
Can I get a parking ticket walking to and fro a muni-meter?
Yes. If the muni-meter parking ticket was issued within five minutes of the “start” time displayed on your muni-meter receipt, you win. Here is a link to a blog post I wrote about this wonderful new Muni- Meter law.
Does the 5-minute grace period apply to parking at muni-meter?
Yes. You may wish to check out a blog post I wrote explaining how the 5-minute grace period is applied to Mun- Meters (ASP rules and parking signs with specific hours of limitations).
Unless you’ve been living under a rock next to the GEICO guy, you are fully cognizant that NYC is committed to retiring all mechanical parking meters through the City. Muni-Meters control multiple parking spaces on City streets and in municipal parking lots. They are larger than single-space meters. They can be “fueled” by solar panels, and allow for more parking spaces.
Is this a good thing? Well, it depends upon who you ask. Here’s a very interesting article that appears on STREETSBLOG.org. 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.