What you don’t know about NYC parking ticket rules will bite you in the wallet
I’m having a love affair (I know, pretty sad) with our quickie parking ticket quizzes. Your participation has been super. You’ll find ’em on the Home page and the Blog sidebar. The quickie quizzes consist of three true and false questions that give me a bunch of insight into the strengths and weaknesses of our driving community. Knowledge is power.
Here are the questions and results of our most recent quickie quiz. Do the results surprise you?
|There is a new law requiring all judges to dismiss a parking ticket for “Failure to Display Muni Meter Receipt” upon a showing of paid receipt. True or False?||True||46%|
|You have 5 minutes to walk to and fro a MUNI METER to purchase your parking time. True or False?||True||75%|
|In a 2 HR parking zone, you can only park for 2 HRS. You can never buy more time. True or False?||True||46%|
The NYC driving community got some money-saving new laws about enforcement of muni-meter rules. Prior to the enactment of these laws, parking ticket judges rendered totally inconsistent decisions on “failure to display muni-meter receipt” cases despite the driving community submitting paid muni-meter receipts as a defense to this parking crime. (Judges behaving badly).
Now, a parking ticket judge is required to dismiss this parking violation upon submission of a paid muni-meter receipt (Yea!). Please make a note of this new law in your Funk & Wagnalls.
A second new law provides members of the driving public with 5 minutes to walk to and fro a muni-meter to purchase time and head back to their chariots. If a parking ticket is issued within this “5 minute grace period” it will be dismissed upon submitting the proper proof, properly.
On September 24, 2012, another new law will go into effect authorizing parking ticket warriors to cancel parking tickets issued within this “5 minute grace period” (No hearing necessary).
The goal of the third question was reminding you that you can’t “feed the meter.” In other words, if you park for two hours in a parking zone restricting parking to two hours during certain times or anytime, you can’t pay for additional time when the two hours expire. You must skedaddle.