Last Updated on September 21, 2022 by Lawrence Berezin
Fighting a New York City parking ticket and winning
When you find a New York City parking ticket on your car, fight it when you’re right. Above all, never pay a ticket, “no questions asked.
That is to say, parking tickets can be disputed and overthrown for various reasons. If you’re lucky enough to find a mistake, then you win. But, you gotta present the proper proof, properly. In other words, match the violation with a winning defense. The winning is in the details of your evidence.
If you’re not one of the lucky ones, don’t worry. All is not lost. This advice is intended to help you fight a parking ticket when you believe it has been wrongly issued. Following these three tips will give you the best sporting chance of beating an unfair system.
Arming yourself with evidence
Making yourself into a bit of a detective in your battle against a parking ticket takes less effort than you think. There’s no need to find yourself a deerstalker hat – think more CSI than Sherlock Holmes. Arming yourself with a camera, including the one built into your phone, can give you enough evidence to give you grounds to reject a parking ticket. Signs which tell you what’s allowed and not allowed cannot be seen by anyone when they’re hidden behind an overgrown tree or bush. A photo showing this will stand you in great stead when you claim that a ticket was unfairly issued. Say cheese!
Fire hydrants are an important part of New York City streets. And not just for the neighborhood dogs. Parking within fifteen feet of one of these doggy toilets is guaranteed to land you with a fine, but in such instances, the distance is judged more often than it is measured. Being able to pull out a tape measure and prove you’re within the allowed distance will leave you feeling smug and happy that you can appeal your ticket. Just make sure to get a photo of this too.
To make sure your evidence is going to be satisfactory, check it against the official recommendations.
Don’t let them get you on insufficient evidence, Inspector!
Know what you’re talking about
If you’re fighting a parking ticket, you’re going to need to know you’re stuff. Knowing the rules and regulations and proving that you were right is crucial to query a ticket successfully.
The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is responsible for placing and maintaining the road and street signs that tell you where and when you can park. They are responsible for creating regulations and rules.
Visiting the “Big Apple?”
If you’re fighting a parking ticket, you’re going to need to know you’re stuff. That is to say, knowing the rules and regulations and proving that you were right is crucial to query a ticket successfully.
The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is responsible for placing and maintaining the road and street signs which tell you where and when you can park, and they are responsible for creating the regulations and rules to enforce a fine, it’s likely that it’s not legal and won’t need to paid or appealed.
If you’re an out-of-town visiting the city, you won’t have to extend your vacation (that’s a holiday, British readers) to challenge a ticket. Appealing doesn’t require you to be there in person; disputes can be handled online and by post, as well as in a physical hearing.
If you’re planning on appealing your parking ticket (naturally, that’s why you’re here), then you need to be in the right place. To begin the process of fighting a ticket, click here.
[Larry’s note: This is a guest post from a wonderful guy at a super company across the pond. Gemini Parking Solutions are a UK-based company specializing in tailor-made parking enforcement and car park management systems. The company is a full member of the British Parking Association (BPA) and strives to provide creative and pioneering solutions within the parking industry. Formed in 2008 by a team of experienced individuals, the company is now directed by Ryan Jackson. Here’s a unique perspective of the NYC parking scene from a company intimately familiar with parking pain and solutions].
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