Last Updated on May 27, 2015 by Lawrence Berezin
NYC parking ticket traps are set by the Evil Empire to take your money
Last week we wrote a blog post about an NYC parking ticket trap in Brooklyn near Prospect Park West and Ninth Street. This trap was a major revenue raiser for the Evil Empire raking in $72,000 in a 6-month period. Wowzers.
But, why was this trap so successful? Why did so many drivers fall for the bait of a safe parking space?
How to resolve conflicts between parking rules displayed on the same gotcha pole
The secret in resolving conflicting rules living on the same pole is to memorize this mantra:
“The stricter rule wins the conflict”
Expressed another way, “No stopping, standing, parking always trumps, rules that permit stopping, standing or parking on certain days/hours. ” For example, if there are two parking signs on a gotcha pole and one says No Standing Anytime while the other sign only prohibits parking between 7A – 4P while school is in session, the stricter rule wins. The stricter rule, in this case, is clearly No Standing Anytime.
Here’s the parking sign that traps our driving friends in Brooklyn
Let’s apply our mantra to this evil parking sign. The top sign dressed in red (always more dangerous than signs with white backgrounds) prohibited standing all days from April 1 to September 30 between 8A and 10P. The familiar street cleaning sign below the red sign prohibited parking between 11:30A to 1P on Tuesdays.
Which of the two signs were stricter? The red sign trumps the white sign. Therefore, you must obey the red sign or pay.
Why were the two parking signs confusing to the parking public?
The Daily News reported that the confusion was caused by the smaller, white street cleaning sign. Since the white street cleaning sign permitted parking on Tuesday between certain hours, the thinking was that parking must be legal all other times.
Sorry men and women of the driving public, that is a leap of faith that will cost you money. A perfect example of wishful parking space thinking.
Wishing it were true, rather than applying this simple mantra, will make parking in NYC more expensive than it has to be.
There is so much negative emotion and stress that builds the longer we drive around in circles looking for a safe place to park. The more time spent circling the block, the more inclined we are to interpret a parking sign the way we wish it read.
Don’t be a victim of a parking sign oasis that makes us think it’s safe to park when it isn’t.
Always apply this simple mantra and you’ll keep your hard-earned dough where it belongs…in your wallet.
“The stricter rule wins the conflict.”