Parking rules and camera violations can change
Parking rule ambush. Joe returned home after working in the lab late one night when his eyes beheld an eerie sight. Suddenly to Joe’s surprise, his regular on-street parking space was vacant. *
Therefore, Joe parked, locked his car, and walked home. But, alas, Joe did not glance at the parking sign that regulated his parking space for the past five years. What’s the old proverb? “Read the parking signs in front and to the rear of your chariot before you leave your parking space.”
Unfortunately for Joe, the Evil Empire installed a new sign with a different parking rule earlier that day. It prohibited standing from midnight – 7 am. Did that rule change cost Joe $115?
Maybe not because there is a law that offers a 5-day grace period for drivers who were ambushed by the installation of a new parking sign. However, Joe must prove that the new sign was installed within the 5-day grace period.
Check out some more rule changes you may not know about.
Bus lane camera parking rules violation fine increases incrementally
Joe also lacks luck with bus lane violations. For example, he habitually forgets to make the first right turn after entering during the hours a bus lane is active.
Joe thinks, “What the heck. I may be a chronic offender, but at least the fine is only $50.” Regrettably, Joe didn’t keep up with the bus lane camera rule change. Here’s the newish bus lane camera fine rule;
§ 39-18 Bus Lane Restriction Program.
(a) Liability. The liability of an owner pursuant to § 1111-c of the vehicle and traffic law shall be $50.00 for a first offense within a twelve-month period, $100.00 for a second offense within a twelve-month period, $150.00 for a third offense within a twelve-month period, $200.00 for a fourth offense within a twelve-month period, and $250.00 for each subsequent offense within a twelve-month period. For the purposes of this subdivision, the twelve-month period is defined as the twelve months going backward from the date of the most recent offense.
(e) Effective dates. This section will remain in effect for as long as § 1111-c of the vehicle and traffic law will remain in effect. (Amended City Record 7/1/2017, eff. 7/1/2019; Amended City Record 9/18/2019, eff. 10/18/2019)
Click on the link to read the full law
Dangerous Vehicle Abatement Law
Here’s the legislative intent behind the new law
Declaration of legislative intent and findings.
The council notes that in a recent analysis by the New York city department of transportation, vehicles with the most school speed camera violations per year or the most red light camera violations per year were more likely to be involved in injury crashes than vehicles with few or no violations.
The council believes that vehicles which have been involved in multiple red light camera and school speed camera violations would be less dangerous if their registered owners were educated regarding the dangers of exceeding speed limits and failing to comply with traffic signals.
The council, therefore, finds it necessary and appropriate to establish a program to require such education for the registered owners of such vehicles to the extent practicable.
Don’t forget about the new street cleaning parking rules
The DOT has generated warm and fuzzy feelings from families that enjoy the new reduced number of street cleaning days. Is this happening in your neighborhood?
Here’s a summary of the new street cleaning rule.
Red Light Camera facts
Regardless of who was driving, the owner of the car is responsible for the ticket.
Red light camera tickets don’t result in any points on your driving record.
The Department of Transportation reviews the images from the cameras.
Possible defenses to camera violations
Yes. Your evidence must show that you did not travel in the bus lane for more than 200 feet. Or, the evidence against you does not establish that you were in the bus lane for more than 200 feet.
Yes, if your evidence shows that some condition on the roadway prevented you from making an immediate right turn—for example, it was not safe or legal to do so.
-The motorist is about to enter a driveway or make a right turn at the nearest intersection.
-You must make the turn within 200 feet of entering the bus lane.-
-The motorist temporarily stops to expeditiously pick up or drop off a passenger at the curbside.
-The motorist is attempting to access a parking spot next to the bus lane.
Cassandra Clare, Lady Midnight, had it right when she said, “Lex malla, lex nulla.” But, I don’t think she ever parked curbside in New York City.
* Monster Mash.” One of the all-time super songs!
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