PARKING RULE & REGULATION: Code 40 says you cannot stop, stand, or park within 15 feet of a NYC fire hydrant, on either side. However, between sunrise and sunset, a passenger vehicle may stand alongside a fire hydrant as long as the licensed operator remains behind the wheel and is ready to move the vehicle if required to do so. After sunset, you cannot park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant. Generally, a fire hydrant is followed by a red painted curb that designates a no parking zone. But if the NYC fire hydrant doesn’t have this red painted curb, the 15-foot rule still applies.
DEFENDING A NYC FIRE HYDRANT TICKET
- Measure to make sure that you really are parked closer than 15 feet to the NYC fire hydrant. Investing in a $5 tape measure could save you $115 and the hassles of a NYC parking ticket.
- Read the NYC Parking Ticket carefully to make sure it’s filled out correctly and fully. Any error may result in invalidating the ticket.
- Take pictures of your car and the fire hydrant, with the tape measure or some other way to confirm where you car is.
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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