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.
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…
January 8, 2013
If you’re relying on the ‘the parking sign didn’t make any sense’ defense for your NYC parking ticket, slow down. On January 7, 2013, brand new NYC parking signs were introduced by Janette Sadik-Khan, NYC Transportation Commissioner, Christine C. Quinn, NYC City Council speaker, and NYC Councilman Daniel R. Garodnick.
The new signs began being installed in October 2012 and are designated for commercial parking areas of midtown, Upper East Side, Lower Manhattan, and Financial District. The new signs will first be installed from 14th – 60th Streets and from 2nd – 9th Avenues. By Spring 2013, 6,300 new NYC street signs will be installed. Here are some highlights of the program:
- About 50% of the new signs will deal with commercial parking,
- About 50% of the new signs will regulate nighttime parking, weekend parking, hotel & taxi stands, street cleaning times, and No Standing areas,
- The new parking signs will cost about $180,000,
- It now takes about 140 characters to explain the somewhat bizarre NYC parking rules, which is down from 250 characters, Read more…
December 7, 2012
Effective May 12, 2012, you may use a NYC Muni-Meter Receipt ONLY at a NYC street parking space that is the same or lesser value of the receipt.
So if you buy parking for $2 per hour in Queens, you cannot use that receipt in Manhattan for a $3 per hour parking space. You can use the receipt for a $2 per hour or $1 per hour space in any NYC borough.
Whilst it’s unlikely that the NYC traffic enforcement officer is going to check every single Muni-Meter receipt on every single dashboard, we talked today with someone who got this very NYC parking ticket. The fine for the NYC parking violation was $65.
May 23, 2012
Surprisingly, NYC is on track to issue fewer NYC parking tickets in 2012, as compared to 2011. According to The New York Post, NYC can expect to drop from $25.6 million in revenue to $16.5 million for moving violations, and issue less than 1 million actual tickets for moving violations. More specifically, we’re looking at:
- 270,000 fewer NYC tickets for moving violations (there were 1,262,585 recorded for fiscal 2011),
- $9 million less in revenue from NYC traffic tickets
NYC parking tickets for violations including Overtime Meter and Alternate Side Parking are also expected to not increase over 2011:
- $496 million in revenue expected – similar to 2011 but less than approximately $540 million in 2010,
- Less than the $513 million projected just a few weeks ago
Why the decrease?
Part of the drop in NYC parking tickets is from Read more…
April 27, 2012
Your dreams of finding better and/or cheaper NYC parking faster is one step closer to coming true. Streetline, a company we’ve written about before, just got a $25 million line of credit from Citibank. Here’s the scoop:
When Streetline moves in to a town or NYC, it puts sensors in every NYC street parking space. When you park, a real-time database knows that space is occupied. Ideally, you can register your car and pay remotely, and even add more time to the meter up to the maximum time you can park at that NYC parking meter.
All that real-time data will tell the city where there are available spaces to park on the street, and where the streets are full. The city can raise or lower the street parking meter rates to balance out the supply and demand so there is an occupancy rate of 70%, or 80%, or the level that is appropriate to make sure that you can find a parking space. Kind of cool, huh?
The next step is to involve NYC parking garages, so you can choose to search for street parking or get a guaranteed space in a NYC parking garage. It might cost more that parking on the street, but you’ll save heaps of time circling for a spot.
April 20, 2012
Bad news if you have $350 or more in NYC Parking Tickets. NYC has hired PayLock to put new-age tire boots, called Smart Boot, on any car with more than $350 in NYC parking violations.
According to the NY Daily News, here’s the scoop on how much it will cost you in time and money to shake the Smart Boot.
- A city marshal will be deployed with teams of PayLock employees. The marshal will verify that a car has more than $350 in judgments, then authorize PayLock to boot it.
- The scofflaw can either call a toll-free number and pay his bill immediately by credit or debit card or go to a city payment center to pay the tickets and fees in cash, and get the code to self-release the boot.
- A motorist who owes $355 in parking tickets, for example, will have to pay an additional $180 for Paylock’s “boot fee,” $70 for Read more…
January 25, 2012
One of the NYC Street Parking Signs
Yes, it can be done! With the expert advice and help of New York Parking Ticket, I beat a NYC parking ticket for No Standing. Here’s what happened:
On October 16, 2011, I parked on Greenwich Street in lower Manhattan. I, along with a lawyer, read the parking signs for about 5 minutes before we decided that it was fine to park there on a Sunday afternoon. The immediate area had a series of NYC parking signs including:
- No Standing 6AM – 10AM Except Sunday
- No Standing Except Buses, Metered Parking 3 hr Limit 10AM – 3PM Except Sunday
- Bus Layover Zone, No Standing Except Authorized Buses, 3PM – 7Pm Except Sunday
- No Standing Except Trucks Loading & Unloading 6AM – 10AM Except Sunday
- 3PM – 7Pm Except Sunday
- Other Times No Standing Anytime
To make it even more confusing, some of the signs were in red and others were in white. In NYC, a street parking sign’s level of importance uses the colors Red, White, and then Blue, with Red being the most important to follow.
This was near where I parked, and I showed the Street Signs as well
New York Parking Ticket advised me to Read more…