May 9, 2013
Many NYC street parking meters, called Muni-Meters, go into effect for NYC parking at 9am. For people who might park at a NYC street parking meter at 8:30am for work, though, this means they have to go back to the meter at 9am and pay for their parking.
In mid-April 2013, NYC City Councilman David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn) introduced a bill that would require the NYC Muni-Meters to start accepting payment half an hour before meter requirements take effect.
On a positive note, many people will avoid the dreaded NYC parking ticket.
On the other hand, it could mean that people will park overnight — for free, and pre-pay the Muni-Meter to start at 9am.
May 6, 2013
Pango and Imperial Parking have partnered to offer NYC parking from your smart phone. Once you register your name, credit card, and license plate nunber, you use the app to find one of Imperial’s 110 NYC parking garages, and reserve a space. The app will know when you park and lets you alert the garage when you’re ready to leave so your car will be waiting for you. The greatest joy to us that the Pango app calculates and processes your payment, so you don’t have to wait at the cashier booth to pay for your parking.
Right now, Pango is being piloted in just one Imperial NYC parking garage. We hope the service expands to all of Imperial‘s NYC Parking garages.
We understand that Pango hopes to work with NYC Department of Transportationg (DOT) to allow this pay-by-phone service to be available for NYC street parking.
April 18, 2013
On January 25th, 2013, NYC parking meter rates increased. We’d previously written about this (potential) increase in November 2012.
If you deal with NYC parking, here’s the critical information:
- Above 110th St in Manhattan: No change from $1/hour
- 110th St – 96th St in Manhattan: Increase from $1 to $1.50/hour
- South of 96th St in Manhattan: Increase from $3 to $3.50/hour
- Lower Manhattan: New muni-metered spaces will be installed in 428 currently free or no parking zones.
- City Parking Lots & Garages: Hourly and long term parking rates to increase
If you do overstay your parking meter and get an Overtime Meter Ticket, you’l be fined $35 – $65. That’s probably worth paying an extra $.50/hour.
The rate increases for NYC parking meters are expected to bring in another $5.1 million annually, whilst the NYC Muni-Meters for 428 spaces could bring in $6.7 million annually.
Either you’re hungry and love that you can get a cheap and great lunch from one of the food trucks on the street, or you need parking and that darn food truck is taking up 2 spaces — for four hours! Right now, any food truck can park on a NYC street if they are following the parking laws. They are not allowed to park where there is a NYC parking meter, though.
New York City Councilman Dan Garodnick (D-Manhattan) proposed on April 9, 2013:
- Create up to 450 NYC street parking spots specially designated for food trucks (based on supplying 5% more than the current estimate of 300 – 400 food trucks),
- Allow only one spot per block for a NYC food truck,
- Ban any other NYC food truck from parking anywhere else on the same street, ie. ‘one block, one truck’, Read more…
Do you feel like the Meter Maids seem to give you a parking ticket the minute your street parking meter runs out of time?
If you live in certain parts of Baltimore, MD, you might be right. But now there’s an app for that. According to The Atlantic Cities, Spot Agent uses real-time parking citation data from the city of Baltimore to calculate your risk of getting a ticket at any given location. The city’s data includes the date, time and a rough address (as well as license plate info) for every parking ticket handed out in the city in the past year. And new tickets typically appear in the database within just a few hours of landing on a windshield.
Spot Agent uses that data to calculate a threat score based upon the number of citations given out within 100 meters of your location. Tickets written around the same time of day, on the same day of the week, push the score up higher.
When you use the app, you’ll see images in the picture below.
- Column 1 will give you a threat assessment over a time period, ranging from green to red.
- Column 2 focuses in on a particular area, showing that you’re running a pretty high risk for a parking ticket by not feeding the parking meter. Read more…
April 16, 2013
Hate red light cameras? Some people say these red light cameras aren’t accurate, don’t give enough time for a driver to brake for the red light, or are just plain illegal.
Good News (maybe). On March 13, 2013, New Jersey drivers who feel they did not deserve a red light camera ticket may be eligible for a refund.
The Associated Press reports that the Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions (ATS) will set up a $4.2 million fund to pay plaintiffs in a suit that alleges motorists tagged by the company’s cameras were not given ample time to apply the brakes, according to a preliminary settlement filed today. The company isn’t admitting any wrongdoing or liability.
Anyone who was ticketed before August 2012 in any of 18 towns and paid the $85 fine would be eligible to receive money back, but a judge must approve the agreement, the AP reports.
The towns are Brick, Deptford, East Brunswick, East Windsor, Jersey City, Lawrence, Linden, Glassboro, Gloucester Township, Monroe, Palisades Park, Piscataway, Pohatcong, Rahway, Roselle Park, Union, Wayne and Woodbridge.
But wait, because on April 2, 2013, American Traffic Solutions reported a study showing that New Jersey is safer because of the red light cameras. Read more…
April 9, 2013
If you’re guilty of texting while driving or get caught using a cellphone while driving, expect to pay more for that NYC and NYS traffic ticket. The NYS budget proposed for early April 2013 includes increased penalties for texting while driving and getting a cell phone ticket. Here are some of the changes:
NYS Traffic Ticket Fine for a Cell Phone Ticket While Driving
- Old Fine: $100 for first offence, 3 points
- New Fine: $150 for first offence, 3 points
NYS Traffic Ticket Fine for a Texting While Driving Ticket
- Old Fine: $150 for first offence, 2 points (points were effective 2/16/11)
- New Fine: $150 for first offence (TBD)
According to DemocratandChronicleOnline, ‘From January 2012 through November 2012, police issued nearly 26,000 texting-while-driving violations — compared to about Read more…
February 22, 2013
We know that NYC Parking rules can be very complicated. So we called our friends at New York Parking Ticket and found out some NYC parking laws that even we didn’t realize existed.
NYC Parking Rules & Tricks You Never Knew or Understood
1. All NYC is a tow away zone. No notice required
2. You are not permitted to park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant. The distance varies from state-to-state
3. How long is a bus stop? Read more…
As if NYC parking and driving isn’t hard enough, you can get a NYC parking or traffic ticket for some unbelievable violations. Here are a few that we sourced from 888RedLight.
NYC Traffic Violations You Might Want to Know
1. It is illegal to bypass traffic by cutting through a parking lot or other establishment. This move is illegal under VTL 1225 and is called “avoiding an intersection”.
2. Similarly, driving on the sidewalk is illegal unless one is actually trying to access lands adjacent to the roadway. VTL 1225-A.
3. It is illegal to pass a broken NYC traffic signal without stopping. Under Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 1142, you must stop, yield to any other vehicle that has already entered the intersection from any other direction or one that presents an immediate hazard and then you can proceed.
4. Outside of NYC, in Sag Harbor, NY it is illegal to take your clothes off in a car.
So if you want to avoid a NYC traffic ticket, remember these obscure NYC traffic laws. And if you do get a NYC traffic ticket, call our friends at 888RedLight.
January 17, 2013
Think you didn’t deserve that NYC parking ticket? Our friends at New York Parking Ticket gave us this advice to help you defend your NYC parking violation.
1. Check your ticket for mistakes. If a required element is omitted, described incorrectly, or illegible, you are entitled to a dismissal of your NYC parking violation. A required element is a bit size bit of information that a (Traffic Enforcement Agent) TEA is required to enter on a NYC parking ticket. For example:
- Registration expiration date
- Plate type
- Body type
- Date, time and place of occurrence
- Proper reference to the section of the Compilation of the NYC Rules
- Meter number, operational, and limits in some of the meter violations
2. Know the difference between No Standing, No Parking, and No Stopping
Here’s a chart we developed to help you understand these terms. Read more…