A parking rule tiny typo is a gift that keeps on giving
The Evil Empire recently had a very bad day, which means NYC drivers had a great day. The Department of Finance refunded about $26M to drivers because the muni-meter parking rule was incorrectly printed on all the parking ticket forms. The correct citation was R. 4-08 (h)(1) but the parking tickets displayed the old citation, 4-08(h)(10).
For all of us parking ticket cognoscenti, we know that a parking rule is a required element. And, if any required elements are misdescribed, omitted, or illegible, a driver is entitled to a dismissal of their ticket, if they present the proper proof properly.
What we also know is:
A promise from the Evil Empire:
A ticket is defective when a required element of the law is missing or misdescribed. Defective tickets may be dismissed even if you do not have another defense to a charged violation. When conducting a hearing, Finance will review recently issued summonses for these defects and if any defects are found Finance will dismiss the tickets.
Viva la difference
The old rule, 4-08(h)(10)
(h) On-street and off-street metered zones.
(i) No person shall, in any parking space controlled by a ‘Muni-Meter,’ park a vehicle without first purchasing the amount of parking time desired from such machine
(ii) No person shall, in any parking space controlled by a ‘Muni-Meter,’ park a vehicle without displaying a payment receipt in the windshield, where such requirement is indicated by posted signs
(iii) No person shall, in any parking space controlled by a ‘Muni-Meter,’ which allows a person to purchase the amount of parking time desired from a machine that dispenses a receipt or tag to be displayed in the windshield, park a vehicle in excess of the amount of time indicated on such receipt or tag, or on posted signs
The new rule, 4-08(h)(1)
Let’s go to the video
Kudos to the Evil Empire for keeping their promise and refunding a bunch of money because of a misdescribed required element.
Happy holiday to the NYC driving public.
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My wonderful wife and I (41 years and counting) are visiting our children and granddaughter for the holiday in Seattle.
Enjoy the holiday, don’t overeat, and let’s go Giants (I know, sad).
Read more…I highly recommend an excellent article by a highly respected expert that gives us an in-depth look at how this blunder actually occurred. Here’s a link to, Dennis Boshnack’s article, “Why Did NYC Cancel $37.4M in Parking Fines?”