Last Updated on November 8, 2022 by Lawrence Berezin
NYC parking ticket tips can help you in many ways
NYC parking ticket tips can help you avoid costly parking tickets. For example:
-“You can’t park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant”
They can give you peace of mind. For example,
-“You can stop temporarily in a no-standing zone to drop off or pick up a passenger to or from the curb, and leave the zone immediately.” But you can’t drop off or pick up property only people
They can save you a bunch of time by answering your questions. For example,
-Am I entitled to a refund of my tow charges if I beat the parking ticket? Yes!
Here are 3 wonderful NYC parking ticket tips.
Tip #1: My car was towed
You gotta locate your towed car
-You gotta determine why your chariot was towed.
A vehicle might be towed to either an NYPD or NYC Sheriff/Marshal tow pound for several reasons:
- You owe more than $350 or more in parking summons judgment debt
- Double-parked car
- Parked on a fire hydrant
- Unpaid parking meter
- Blocking an intersection or tunnel
- Blocking a driveway
However, a vehicle may be towed by the police department for any parking violation anywhere in the city.
What documents do I need to bring to the DMV?
New York State will not register or renew a vehicle registration if you have 3 or more outstanding tickets and/or camera violations in judgment within an 18-month period. If you have 5 or more outstanding parking tickets in judgment within a 12-month period, your registration will be suspended. You cannot obtain or renew a registration until you resolve the tickets, either by paying them or by having them dismissed at a hearing. If you pay for your tickets at a Business Center you will receive:
- Satisfaction of Judgment Notice – Provides proof to the DMV that your tickets have been resolved.
Registration Clearance – Is required for in-person registration or renewal at DMV. If you prefer to pay all of your parking tickets that are in judgment online, you must also renew/register your vehicle online with DMV and you will not need to obtain this form. (Note: If you pay by 6 pm, you will have to wait up to 48 hours to register your vehicle with DMV online. If you pay after 6 pm, it will take up to 72 hours.)
Tip #2: Can a parking sign ever display the wrong language?
There are many commercial meter signs that failed to display essential language on the sign. The language displayed on these errant signs was never changed after the commercial meter signs were redesigned. In other words, the powers to be agreed that the commercial meter signs needed to be revised, and agreed on the proper revised language, yet failed to revise the language on a number of the old signs. Yikes!
I noticed this error, raised this argument before the original judges, and usually lost. However, I appealed all the evil verdicts and usually won my appeals. Here’s a sample of one of my successful appeals.
The original judge made mistakes of law and fact when reaching her guilty verdict. The verdict should be reversed.
I raised the following defenses at my original hearing:
This parking sign was confusing, misleading, did not prohibit passenger vehicle’s standing, and may have been illegal.
Due to these circumstances, please dismiss this parking ticket. Thank you.
-I hereby certify that my testimony is the truth to the best of my knowledge. I fully understand that if my testimony is willfully false, I am subject to punishment.
-I hereby certify that the photographs and images contained in the exhibits are true and accurate reproductions of the originals as they existed on the date/time this parking ticket was issued
-I hereby certify that the parking sign displayed in the exhibits was the parking sign that regulated the place of occurrence on the date/time this parking ticket was issued and did not contain the essential words, “others no standing.”
The original judge found me guilty because:
“Respondent testifies that they did not park in the prohibited zone, and presents photos and maps additional evidence. The respondent’s claim is rejected as according to city records, there is a Comm. Metered zone at this exact location. It is not persuasive that no part of the Respondent’s vehicle was parked in that zone. Summons sustained.”
The original judge exhibited a bias in favor of the respondent by her failure to:
-Engage in a thoughtful, fair-minded weighing of all the credible evidence
Here’s the commercial meter ticket
The judge misstated my defense when she said, “Respondent testifies that they did not park in the prohibited zone” (italics added).
Quite the contrary, I never denied parking in the “prohibited zone.” My defense was that the parking sign regulating the place of occurrence omitted certain essential language to make the rule understandable, was confusing/misleading or, the sign itself was not a legal sign
Here’s my Exhibit 7 showing the parking sign that regulated the place of occurrence, but omitted the essential language. “others no standing,” that should have been displayed on the parking sign.
This is an image of the redesigned sign displaying the critical language, “others no standing.” I offered this image as Exhibit 9. I grabbed this image from an article about the company that participated in the redesign of the parking signs
This is the redesigned sign pictured in an article about the company that participated in the design of the parking signs
[Source, Co. Design http://www.fastcodesign.com/1671608/pentagram- redesigns-new-york-s-inscrutable-parking-signage]
This is an excerpt from the Co. Design article cited above HTTP:// www.fastcodesign.com/1671608/pentagram-redesigns-new-york-s-inscrutable- parking-signage
Here’s a photograph from a NY Times article comparing the old parking sign with the redesigned parking sign for the rule in question. The redesigned parking sign contains the essential language, “others no standing.”
NYC spent millions of dollars, an enormous amount of time, and the DOT supervised a herculean effort to replace all the old parking signs with the redesigned signs to make parking signs understandable. The DOT approved the language that was supposed to be displayed on the Commercial Parking Zone signs. Under these circumstances, why would the DOT install a parking sign that omitted the approved language?
I assert that the language on the parking sign regulating my parking space was a mistake and didn’t contain the approved language to make the rule understandable.
I presented substantial certified evidence that cannot be characterized as patently incredible in support of all my defenses. (See, Young v City of New York Dept. of Fin. Parking Violations Adjudications 2007 NY Slip Op 51460(U) [16 Misc 3d 1117(A)] Decided on June 13, 2007, Supreme Court, New York County Goodman).
The original judge never considered the defenses I raised. Instead, she misstated my defense and found me guilty based on a misstated defense I never raised.
Please right this wrong and dismiss the parking ticket.
Appeals Panel Decision: REVERSED. TICKET DISMISSED
Tip #3: Was the metes and bounds description of the place of occurrence correct?
A metes and bounds description of the place of occurrence is entered as follows:
“N/S of Park Avenue_25 feet East of 42 Street in NYC” How do you know whether the description was correct?
I recommend that you always, every time, without fail, make sure the roadways run in the direction described by the Cop or Warrior. Is there a “North Side” of Park Avenue? If not, you win subject to presenting the proper proof, properly.
I use the NYC DOT Parking Regulations Map_metes and bounds version to check. Here’s a link. Insert the information as requested by the app, click, and you should find out whether Park Avenue runs North-South.
I hope these three tips help you navigate Parking Ticket Land. Please take advantage of the resources on the website. And never, ever pay an NYC parking ticket, “No Questions Asked.”