Sex, lies, and NYC parking tickets
I fully appreciate that the first two categories are a lot more titillating, but…
I checked out the violation codes today on the Evil Empire’s website and noticed there were some newish codes listed. Here is a chart showing some of the new and kinda new additions to the family of NYC parking violations.
|CODE||DEFINITION||Manhattan 96th Street & Above||All Other Areas|
|01||Vehicles parked illegally south of Houston Street in Manhattan in metered spaces reserved for buses from 7A-7P daily. Vehicles with bus plate types parked longer than the 3-hour maximum and/or not displaying a DOT-issued bus permit||$115|
|05||Failure to make a right turn from a bus lane||$115||
|06||Parking a tractor-trailer on a residential street between 9P and 5A||
1st Offense – $265
2nd Offense – $515
|07||Vehicles photographed going through a red light at an intersection||$50||$50|
|08||Vehicle idling in a restricted area||$115||$115|
|09||Blocking an Intersection: Obstructing traffic at an intersection also know as “Blocking the Box”||$115||$115|
A violation code is simply shorthand for a specific parking rule or parking law. For example, violation code 09 is shorthand for Rule 4-08 (e)(12) promulgated by the Commissioner of the NYC Department of Transportation.
Rule 4-08 (e) (12) reads, Obstructing traffic at an intersection. When vehicular traffic is stopped on the opposite side of an intersection, no person shall drive a vehicle into such intersection, except when making a turn, unless there is adequate space on the opposite side of the intersection to accommodate the vehicle the person is driving, notwithstanding the indication of a traffic control signal which would permit the person to proceed.”
A violation code is NOT a required element. The warrior can goof up the code, as long as they correctly enter the correct rule on an NYC parking ticket.
Parking ticket and tow
Anytime you get an NYC parking ticket, your chariot can be towed, regardless of whether you have any outstanding parking tickets in judgment. It is within the discretion of a warrior or cop to call in Captain Hook or Mr. Boot. If this horrible event occurs, you will incur the following costs and indignities:
- If your chariot receives a parking ticket and you have $101 in outstanding parking ticket judgments, it can be towed
- If your chariot is minding its own business, and legally parked, but has $350 in outstanding judgments, it can be towed
- The “get out of jail” fee or “unboot the boot” fee is $185 plus payment of all outstanding parking ticket judgments (yikes!)
- The following Rules are important to know:
The release of a vehicle in process of being removed. When a vehicle has been hooked to a tow truck in preparation for removal to a pound but the owner or other person lawfully entitled to possession of such vehicle appears and requests the release of such vehicle before the tow truck is in motion, such vehicle shall be unhooked and released, provided, however, that the person to whom such vehicle is released must execute a binding agreement consenting to pay the vehicle release penalty as set forth in subparagraph (x) of this paragraph (9) within thirty days from the date of such agreement and, in the event of non payment, to the imposition of additional penalties in accordance with subparagraph (xi) of this paragraph (9); and provided further that such person present a current valid driver’s license and either registration for the vehicle, title to the vehicle, insurance identification and keys for the vehicle, a rental agreement and keys for the vehicle in case of a rental vehicle, or company identification and keys for the vehicle in the case of a commercial vehicle.”
Vehicle release penalty. The penalty for the release of an illegally parked vehicle under the circumstances permitted by subparagraph (ix) of this paragraph (9) shall be $100.00 for illegally parked vehicles which meet the criteria contained in subparagraph (vi)(A) of this paragraph (9), and $200.00 for illegally parked vehicles which meet the criteria listed in subparagraph (vi)(B) of this paragraph (9). This fee is in addition to any other monetary fine(s) and penalty permitted by law for the underlying parking violation(s); provided, however, that in no event shall a vehicle release penalty be imposed if the underlying parking violation or, in the case of multiple parking violations, all underlying parking violations, is (are) dismissed by the Parking Violations Bureau.”
- The important takeaway is that you are not required to pay cash or provide your credit card to get unhooked from a tow truck as long as Captain Hooks is at rest. You only have to sign an agreement to pay $100 (for chariots) within 30 days.
- You can find all the ifs, and, or buts, regarding Captain Hook and Mr. Boot in 4-08 (9) et al., or;
- Learn more about towing FAQ’s, or;
- What to do if your vehicle is towed to NYC.
Do you think it’s reasonable to charge the driving public higher fines when a parking violation occurs in Manhattan? For example, a street cleaning violation costs you $65 in Manhattan and $45 in the outer boroughs.
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