Last Updated on July 1, 2022 by Lawrence Berezin
Parking ticket mistakes range from the bizarre to the sublime
I have analyzed countless parking ticket mistakes over the past 14 years. In the same vein, I am stupefied by the melange of parking laws and regulations that rogue warriors and judges enforce unpredictably.
- How many consecutive days you can navigate the mean streets of NYC without getting a parking ticket?
- Similarly, how many tickets can a warrior or cop issue without an error?
- And, how many rogue judges get away with mistakes of law or fact?
Most importantly, here are some things you can do to avoid these expensive blunders.
The bus stop parking ticket mistake
This parking ticket mistake is an oldie but goodie that I have begged my readers to avoid.
Is a picture worth 1000 words?
How about a video? My eyes work better than my ears. How about you?
The bus lane and bike lane confusion and blunders
Many parking ticket mistakes happen in bus lanes and bike lanes. These perplexing traffic paths have a plethora of special rules that give me a headache. How about you?
Here’s a video that accentuates the negative to help you avoid mistakes while navigating these special lanes.
How are you doing with the comprehensive series of new parking meter laws?
Two of the costly parking ticket mistakes my clients make are:
- Remember that you can no longer transfer parking time from one blockface to another.
- Only purchasing parking time from a parking meter in the same blockface as their parking space.
A “good mistake” is not an oxymoron. For example, Albert Einstein said, “The only mistake in life is the lesson not learned.” In other words, how many $115 parking tickets do you need to get before you learn not to park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant (subject to a myriad of exceptions).
I urge you not to stand in a bus stop zone because it is too easy to get a $115 parking ticket. But, do you still park in a bus stop zone?
Learning takes relentless repetition. However, a driver needs to apply their knowledge when they actually park in NYC. Knowledge without experience will not go far in Parking Ticket Land. Therefore, how many costly parking tickets does it take to persuade you to learn the rules?
What’s the difference between a choice and a mistake?
Choice is our ability to make decisions when presented with two or more options. The psychology of choice explores why we subconsciously make the decisions we do, what motivates those decisions, and what needs these decisions are meant to satisfy.Hubspot
While a mistake is:
An error in action, calculation, opinion, or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge, etc.Dictionary.com
Can you tell the difference?
- A driver parks their car 10 feet from a fire hydrant instead of searching for a different parking space
- Joe drops his daughter off near the bus stop instead of standing in a bus stop zone
- Joan sits behind the wheel of her car in a no-standing zone with the motor running
I hope the satisfaction of making a good decision and the right choice trumps the temporary delight of finding a vacant parking space (that is too close to a fire hydrant).