PARKING RULE & REGULATION: Code 19 says that you cannot stand or park in a bus stop. Standing or parking where standing is not allowed by sign, street marking, or traffic control device is prohibited. A bus stop parking ticket is a NO STANDING violation. This means you can stop, drop-off or pick-up a passenger, and go. Since a bus stop violation is a NO STANDING violation, you cannot unload your property to the curb. In NYC, a bus stop parking ticket is given to anyone who takes more than two minutes to load or unload his or her passengers. A bus stop zone begins at the bus stop sign and extends in the direction of the arrow(s) until the next parking sign or the end of the block. For a NYC bus stop parking ticket, it doesn’t matter if you parked far enough away from the sign for a bus to fit.
DEFENDING A NYC BUS STOP PARKING TICKET
When defending a bus stop parking ticket in NYC, keep the following in mind; In the event that the sign is missing, incorrectly stated, or conflicts with neighboring signs, you may submit overlapping photographs that show:
• The entire block, corner to corner, including the address where the vehicle was parked,and
• All signs front and back,and
• The signs indicating the street name.
Where the permit holder has the correct authorization (permit or plates for the zone), you may submit copies of your permit or registration.
The most common defenses used in court to defend this common NYC parking ticket are:
• There was no sign anywhere on the block.
• The agent described the wrong sign on the violation.
• The officer wrote the wrong violation on the summons.
• The spot where the vehicle was parked has conflicting regulations.
• I was dropping off or picking up a passenger.
• I was not parked in violation of the posted sign.
It is always advised to read the ticket carefully and take pictures of where your car is parked, and any other items that may have a bearing on the validity of the ticket.
For information on the TVB and How to Fight a ticket, visit our Parking Advice Page and How to Fight a Ticket section.
HOW TO HANDLE A NYC PARKING TICKET
NYC parking tickets are handled through the NYC Traffic Violations Bureau.
The New York City Department of Finance has instituted a Reduced Fine Program offering you a reduced fine for certain parking violations, in exchange for pleading guilty to the parking crime. This means you are waiving your right to a hearing and appeal. You may wish to follow these 3 simple suggestions:
- Reply No Later than 99 days from the date your parking ticket was issued because on the 100th day, bad things happen when your parking ticket lapses into judgment. For example, you are no longer eligible for the fine reduction program, interest is added to your base fine and penalties, and you risk having your vehicle towed when you are issued a parking ticket; and you have more than $100 in judgment.
- Plead Not Guilty by mail — If you plead not guilty by mail, and your parking crime qualifies for the fine reduction program, you’ll receive a letter in a few weeks offering you a reduced fine (i.e. a Settlement Offer) in exchange for your guilty plea. You can accept the offer and pay the reduced fine.
- Plead Not Guilty online — There is a page on the NYC DOF website where you can Plead NOT GUILTY and request a hearing. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and you’ll find, “Request hearing for” and a “GO” button. Click on the “GO” button. You’ll be taken to a page where you can plug in your violation number. Plug it in, and click on the “Search” Button. If your parking ticket qualifies for the fine reduction program, a new page will plop down offering you a reduced fine. Follow the simple instructions to accept the offer and pay your reduced fine by credit card.
If your parking ticket is not eligible for the fine reduction program, cancel the action. NEVER, EVER FIGHT YOUR PARKING TICKET ONLINE. Remember you are clicking through this process to plead guilty to a reduced fine, not to fight your parking ticket online.
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