Last Updated on October 30, 2021 by Lawrence Berezin
What sort of data supports the enactment of the NYC grace period bill?
- 28,000 NYC parking tickets were issued at the exact moment alternate side parking rule restrictions went into effect
- 276,000 parking tickets were issued within five minutes of the rule restrictions going into effect
There used to be an informal grace period, but the Evil Empire eliminated the custom. Can anyone guess why?
When will the grace period bill take effect?
90 days after Mayor Bloomberg signs the bill
What happens if Mayor Bloomberg vetoes the grace period bill?
There are enough votes to override the Mayor’s veto.
Here is a Grace Period Chart that may help
The Grace Period Bill takes a bow
a. For the purposes of this section, the term “muni meter receipt” shall mean the receipt showing the amount of parking time purchased that is dispensed by an electronic parking meter and must be displayed in a conspicuous place on a vehicle’s dashboard.
b. No notice of violation shall be issued for allegedly parking in excess of the allotted time displayed on a muni meter receipt or longer than the time period allowed by a sign posted by the department until five minutes after the time that such a violation occurs.
A five-minute grace period will become the law of NYC. It will cover alternate side parking and muni-meters. The bill will not apply to regular coin-operated, single-space meters, because it is almost impossible to decide how long such meters have expired. The smart thing for Mayor Bloomberg to do is to sign the bill with a smile on his face and say, I hear the voice of the people and will listen.
Likewise, the 5-minute grace period will apply to the end of a parking period. For example, if parking is permitted from 7 am to 4 pm, but is prohibited from 4 pm to 7 pm, a driver has 5-minutes to vacate her parking space after the permitted parking period of 7 am to 4 pm expires. In other words, a warrior or cop cannot issue a ticket until 4:06 pm. Capiche?
I’d love to hear what you think about the grace period bill and whether Mayor Bloomberg will sign or veto the bill? Your opinion really matters!