June 30, 2015
The New York Post reported that foreign diplomats owe more than $16 billion in unpaid NYC parking tickets! Here are the facts:
- Diplomats have 529 NYC street parking spots — all legal! Each UN mission has two designated NYC parking spaces and 1-2 parking spots for each consulate.
- NYC has issued has issued 219,902 parking violations to diplomatic vehicles including 18,008 alone to Egypt which owes $1.97 million, the most of any country!
- Most of the $16 million in parking debt was accumulated before a 2002 agreement between the city and the US State Department that was supposed to curb abuses!
- Senegal, Ivory Coast, Indonesia and Italy each owes approximately $24,000 for tickets received since 2002!
- In total, the city issued 42,449 NYC parking tickets since 2002, and $758,968 in fines remain outstanding!
The NYC Department of Transportation, which puts up the parking signs for diplomat parking, would not disclose their locations.
As of July 1, 2015, you’ll be able to pre-pay your NYC Muni Meter up to one hour before the meter regulations go into effect.
Why? This change, sponsored by NYC Councilman David G. Greenfield, specifically benefits NYC drivers who need NYC street parking before the Muni Meter becomes active, but won’t be able to feed the meter when it does become active. For example, you have an 8:30am doctor appointment and you need to arrive at 8:15am, but the Muni Meter doesn’t become active until 8:30am. Currently, you’d have to run out just as your appointment is starting. Under this new legislation, you can pre-pay the NYC Muni Meter at 8:15am — to begin the parking period at 8:30am. Greenfield sponsored this bill to help NYC drivers avoid that dreaded NYC parking ticket.
Sounds simple, right? But because of the complexities involved, Greenfield’s law gave the City two years from July 1, 2013 to change the muni-meter machines to accept pre-payment. The city has already re-programmed many muni-meters including ones in Greenfield’s Boro Park neighborhood. All of the city’s muni-meters will be reprogrammed by this July 1st.
February 12, 2015
In NYC, you cannot park within 15 feet of a NYC fire hydrant or between a bus stop sign and the next parking sign. The curb may or not be painted, and after circling the block a few times you just want to park your car rather than get out and measure that 15 feet.
This week, City Councilman Vincent Gentile (D-Brooklyn) proposed legislation that would require the curb to be painted red to mark the required 15 feet from fire hydrants and bus stops.
We like the idea. If you park legally and still get a ticket, you just take a photo of your vehicle legally parked, and you can successfully fight that NYC parking ticket, which goes for $115.
The main issue against the bill seems to be the cost of doing all that painting. Stay tuned.
Tired of walking to your car, getting it out of the NYC garage or parking spot on the street, having to find parking when you arrive at your destination, and probably overpaying? A new app, Valet Anywhere, promises to save you all the NYC parking hassles for $249 to $325 a month.
How it Works
- Sign up and pay your monthly fee
- Use the app to have your car delivered
- Use the app to have your car picked up and parked safely
- $6/hr for a one-off pick up and return. Maximum day rate is $42.
- $249 for low-frequency drivers, ie. 1 – 2 times a month
- $325 for higher-frequency drivers, ie. maximum of 10 uses
- $229 for 10 drop-offs in downtown Brooklyn, Park Slope, Williamsburg
The Ins & Outs Read more…
April 8, 2014
I both applaud and do not understand people who use NYC street parking and move their cars 2 – 3 times a week to comply with the NYC Alternate Side Parking Regulations (ASP). These are the regulations that force car owners to move their cars for 1 – 3 hours so the street is clear for the street sweeping trucks. It’s a heroic and long honored ritual for many NYC car owners.
But this daunting activity may get easier. According to the NY Daily News, NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan), is proposing legislation that would let NYC drivers legally take parking spots once the street sweeper passed by — ending the need for drivers to wait inside their cars until the no-parking time period lapses.
Rodriguez first introduced the bill in 2010, and got a majority of the Council to join as co-sponsors, including Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan). The bill stalled, which might have been because: Read more…
October 21, 2013
NYC Citibike program has added 6,000 bicycles to our NYC streets, and NYC Mayor Bloomberg has carved out more than 290 miles of NYC streets for bicycle lanes from 2002 – 2012. That translates to a lot more cyclists on NYC streets and sidewalks. In fact, according to Fast Company, NYC issued 25,000 citations to NYC bicyclists for riding on the sidewalks in 2012.
But maybe those cyclists had no other choice? Filmmaker Casey Neistat has released a video and photos of NYC bicycle lanes being blocked by no other than NYC police cars! He’s even got a blog, Cops in Bike Lanes.
FYI, the fine for ‘stopping, standing, or parking within a marked bicycle lane is $115, but we’re pretty sure these NYC police vehicles aren’t being issued or paying these NYC parking tickets.
NYC has just launched a new website, http://www1.nyc.gov/, and at first glance, we think the navigation and design is much better. Really clear and clean layout and links, the homepage gives the status of NYC Alternate Side Parking regulations, the font is easy to read,and of course we checked out the sections for NYC Parking, NYC Traffic Violations, and what you might want to know and NYC garages and getting around.
Alternate Side Parking — the left hand side of the homepage will let you know if the regulation is in effect today.
Public Parking Lot — unfortunately, the website tells you to ‘Call 311’ to find a Public NYC Parking Lot. Not much help. Read more…
October 8, 2013
Last week we heard from one of our subscribers that you could get out of a NYC traffic ticket by over-paying the ticket and never cashing the refund check. We immediately contacted our traffic lawyer, Matt Weiss, and he told that this spam email has been wandering in cyber space for a few years. That got us thinking – what myths are out there, purporting to get you out of a parking ticket? We talked with our expert at New York Parking Ticket, and here are a few:
You Can Legally Save a NYC Parking Space – Try this, and any respectable New Yorker will let you know that’s just not true. And we’re guessing the driver who wants that spot you’re desperately saving will arrive well before any parking enforcement officer arrives on the scene.
A Yellow Curb marks the beginning and end of a NYC Bus Stop Zone – Nope, isn’t true. A NYC 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. You are allowed only to 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.
You Can Park Within 10 Feet of a NYC Fire Hydrant – Read more…
July 14, 2013
It seems the best way to avoid paying a NYC parking ticket is to have your vehicle registered with a large business. According to NYC Controller John Liu, there are 316 companies with unpaid NYC parking ticket fines that exceed nine months. Total bill? $1.3 million.
The New York Daily News article that broke this story gives examples of small companies with outstanding fines exceeding $150,000, and these NYC parking violations go back to 2004!
The Daily News reports that Liu’s NYC auditor analyzed a NYC Finance Department program that enrolls businesses with many vehicles into a program where the vehicles won’t get towed for a NYC parking violation. In exchange, these companies are supposed to Read more…
May 12, 2013
City Council speaker and a Democratic candidate for NYC mayor, Christine Quinn, announced plans last week to propose changes to NYC parking’s Muni-Meter system. Typically, one Muni-Meter is located for each NYC block and drivers must pay for time at the meter and place a printed receipt on their car’s dashboard.
Flaws with Muni-Meters
- Sometimes they just don’t work
- They can run out of ink or paper
- If you have a broken NYC Muni-Meter, you must find another meter (sometimes on another block)
- Muni-Meters will still take your money when NYC parking regulations aren’t in effect, ie. Sunday
Good things about Muni-Meters
- Research shows that you can fit more cars on the street when parking spaces are not marked, because drivers will park closer to vehicles already parked.
Quinn’s Proposal includes: Read more…