PARKING RULE & REGULATION: Code 34 covers parking in a metered space where the meter works and the time has ended. Effective since March 21, 2010, drivers will receive a 5-minute grace period past the expired time on Muni-Meter receipts, Alternate Side Parking signs, and any other parking spaces with specific times listed (eg. 8:30am – 9:30am). During the 5-minute grace period, parking tickets cannot be issued. A meter or muni-meter system must be activated upon arrival. When two or more vehicles fit into one metered space, then all vehicles in the metered space are required to activate the meter.
In 2005, the Department of Transportation reported issuing 2,149,666 violations for parking overtime at a NYC parking meter or NYC Muni-Meter.
DEFENDING A NYC OVERTIME METER TICKET
Since expired meter-parking can get you a $65 NYC parking ticket, people have become creative over the years as ticket prices have risen. Take a look at some common ways to defend your NYC overtime meter ticket.
The most common defenses used in court to defend this common NYC parking ticket are:
- The meter was broken or fast.
- Meter rules were not in effect on the day I parked my car.
- There is no meter where the vehicle was parked.
- There was no sign anywhere on the block about meter regulations.
- There was no meter on the block.
- I had a permit to park in this zone.
- The spot where the vehicle was parked has conflicting regulations.
- I was dropping off or picking up a passenger.
It is always advised to read the ticket carefully and take pictures of meter where your car is parked, and any other items that may have a bearing on the validity of the ticket.
HOW TO HANDLE A NYC PARKING TICKET
NYC parking tickets are handled through the NYC Traffic Violations Bureau.
It is always advised to read the ticket carefully and take pictures of sign where your car is parked, and any other items that may have a bearing on the validity of the ticket.
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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