Last Updated on November 15, 2021 by Lawrence Berezin
Parking ticket insights are worth their weight in gold
But, exactly how much do parking ticket insights weigh? That depends. For example, a bus stop insight weighs $115, and so does a fire hydrant insight. However, an expired registration insight weighs less, only $65.
Most importantly, these insights are hard to come by and can expire if you don’t commit them to memory.
Let’s start with some parking ticket quiz insights
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Parking ticket quiz results
The first three questions are fun-type, guessing-game questions that don’t have any weight in parking ticket gold. The correct answers are:
- #1_True_Speed Zone Camera Tickets
- #2_SUBN_Body Type Tickets
- #3_False_No Parking Tickets were NOT in the top 5
However, the following two insights are worth their weight in gold ($115 and $65, respectively). In the same vein, 33% of the respondents didn’t know that the fire hydrant exception does not apply to commercial vehicles. At the same time, 26% of the respondents were not aware that a cop or warrior must enter the registration sticker number on an inspection sticker violation.
Bus Stop violations
I am a little amazed that I still get questions about the length of a bus stop. That is to say, a bus stop starts at the bus stop sign and extends in the direction of the arrow(s) until the next parking sign. Or, if none, the end of the block.
Here’s a short video to highlight the insight.
Parking sign insights
How adept are you at answering the iconic question, “Is it safe to park here?” Here are some parking signs that will test your “adeptness!”
Is it safe to park to the right of these three signs on a Saturday at 1 PM?
Does the white car have to park more than 15 feet from the yellow fire hydrant hiding in plain sight on the sidewalk?
The Evil Empire doubled down with this stack of confusing parking signs. They are betting that one of these costly signs will grab $115 from your wallet.
The white sign is the real trouble-maker. Meanwhile, the sign may be white, but it prohibits passenger vehicle parking all days and all times.
Keep moving if you’re driving a passenger car!
NYC Traffic Rules Insights
I recommend you acquire a reasonable, working knowledge of 4-01 and 4-08 of Title 34 Chapter 4
Rules of the City of New York
For example, If you own or operate a commercial vehicle, I heartily recommend learning what constitutes a commercial vehicle for parking purposes. Otherwise, you are risking a costly parking ticket.
(i) For purposes of parking, standing, and stopping rules, a vehicle will not be deemed a
commercial vehicle or a truck unless:
(A) it bears commercial plates; and
(B) it is permanently altered by having all seats and seat fittings, except the front
seats, removed to facilitate the transportation of property, except that for vehicles
designed with a passenger cab and a cargo area separated by a partition, the
seating capacity within the cab will not be considered in determining whether the
the vehicle is altered correctly; and
(C) it displays the registrant’s name and addresses permanently affixed in characters
at least three inches high on both sides of the vehicle, with such display being in a
color contrasting with that of the vehicle and placed approximately midway vertically
on doors or side panels.
(ii) For rules other than parking, stopping, and standing rules, a vehicle
designed, maintained, or used primarily for the transportation of property or for the
provision of commercial services and bearing commercial plates will be deemed a
(iii) Vehicles bearing commercial or equivalent registration plates from other states or
countries will not be deemed trucks or commercial vehicles unless they are permanently
altered and marked as required in (i)(B) and (C) of this definition above.
Do you know what a “dedicated use” sign is?
4-08(3)(i) Dedicated use signs.
Standing is prohibited when a dedicated use is specified by a
sign, including but not limited to the following curb regulations: Commercial Vehicles Only,
Truck Loading Only, Taxi Stand, Taxi Relief Stand, Authorized Vehicles Only, NYP License
Plates Only, Doctor License Plates Only, For-Hire Vehicles Only, Ambulance Only,
Ambulette Only, Medical Facility Only, Bus Layover Only, NYS Road Test Only, Flea
Market Loading Only, Farmers Market Only, Waiting Line, Carshare Parking Only, Electric
Vehicle Charging Only, or Parking Permitted.
Can you park at a broken meter?
Yes, BUT I urge you not to park at a broken meter. Too complicated. Above all, there is a conflict between the rule and the comment on the Evil Empire’s website
4-08(h)(5) Parking at broken or missing parking meters.
(i) Where parking is controlled by a parking meter and such parking meter is broken or
missing, the person seeking to purchase a parking receipt shall use a functional parking
meter in the same parking field or on the same side of the block, to buy a parking
receipt per paragraph (1) of this subdivision.
(ii) If all parking meters in a parking field or on a block are missing or broken, a person shall
be allowed to park in the parking field or on the block up to the maximum amount of time
otherwise lawfully permitted by such parking meters in the controlled parking field or block.
Here’s what the DOT has to say about parking at broken meters
Broken or Missing Meters
“To report a broken meter, visit NYC311 Online. If you are parked on the street with a broken meter, please use another meter to obtain your receipt or pay via the mobile app.”
How about the Evil Empire?
Broken or Missing Meters
They say a driver must search for a working muni-meter on two blocks.
It takes relentless repetition to learn the rules of the road and curbside parking. But, excellent working knowledge of the custom and practices will save you a lot of dough.
Likewise, don’t let the frustration of curbside parking stop you from acquiring the knowledge to park safely and fight unjust parking tickets. Never pay a parking ticket, “no questions asked.”