Last Updated on January 22, 2017 by Lawrence Berezin
How to beat muni-meter parking tickets
Last year we spent a bunch of time talking about muni-meter parking tickets because NYC was changing from mechanical meters to muni-meters. There was a gaggle of new laws that made life easier for the NYC driving public, including but not limited to:
- A 5-minute grace period between the time muni-meter parking tickets were issued and start time on muni-meter receipts. In other words, you can walk to the muni-meter, buy time, walk back to your chariot, and place the muni-meter receipt on the dashboard, as long as the start time on the muni-meter receipt was within 5 minutes of the time the ticket was issued
- Allowing drivers time to move their chariots within 5 minutes after the time on the muni-meter receipt expired. If the time on your muni-meter receipt expired at 1 PM, a warrior was prohibited from issuing a parking ticket until 1:06 PM
- Requiring a judge to dismiss failure to display a muni-meter receipt tickets upon submission of a muni-meter receipt showing the start time (the time you paid for the time) within 5-minutes of the time the ticket was issued. The NYC Council no longer left this decision to a judge on a case by case basis. It was the law of Parking Ticket Land.
Learning is relentless repetition. Now’s the time to check out the current state of muni-meter parking tickets
Violation Codes for meter offenses
This is a great place to start
[Larry’s comment: VC31 is not a muni-meter violation. It is a violation for parking your passenger vehicle is an area limited to commercial vehicles).
Parking at a broken or missing meter (VC 32)
Finding a broken muni-meter is not a good thing. It’s a royal pain in the ______ (pick a body part). Why? Because the procedure for parking legally at a broken meter is time-consuming and frustrating.
My advice is to search for a working muni-meter because “free” parking can get very expensive.
Feeding Meter (VC 33)
Don’t we always feed the meter? Well, yes, but the term “feeding the meter” is legal jargon for parking longer than the maximum time allowed for a parking space. For example, if the time limit is one-hour for the parking space, and the one-hour time limit expires, you cannot buy extra time.
It’s like when your dinner party ended at 11:30P and one couple stayed until 2A. Parking in excess of the time allowed (VC 37)
Expired Meter (VC 37)
- Time expires
- 5-minutes pass
- Chariot remains in parking space
- Warrior issues a ticket for VC 37
Here is what the parking ticket looks like
A parking ticket warrior is required to enter the following elements for a VC37 muni-meter parking violation:
- Meter number
- Operational – ‘Y’
- Limit – 5Mn (meaning 5-minute grace period)
If any of these 3 elements are omitted, misdescribed, or illegible, you win subject to application.
However, there are some parking ticket judges who find that if the ‘Limit’ is misdescribed (3Mn instead of 5Mn) it is harmless error if the parking ticket is issued at least 5-minute past the time the muni-meter expired. (I don’t agree).
Failure to display a muni-meter receipt (VC 38)
I love the law on this one. If you get a parking ticket because the devil placed your receipt face-down on the dashboard, or a strong gust of wind blew it off the dash, and you paid for the time, a judge is required to dismiss this parking ticket, if:
- You fight
- You submit a muni-meter receipt showing that you paid for the time (or were within 5-minutes). In other words, if the time of the offense was 10A and your muni-meter receipt covers starts 10A-10:05A, you win…Yea!
Please take the time to learn the basics of parking at NYC muni-meters and save.