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April 6, 2011

NYC Polica Parking Placard

We’ve all seen and heard about it — prime street parking spaces taken up by alleged police vehicles. While we know that many of these placards are not issued for the right reasons, are there actually fake placards out there?

If City Council Member Dan Garodnick has his, there will be a sure-fire way to detect any fake placards. Garodnick is proposing that all placards include a bar code that can be scanned by the traffic enforcement agent. If the bar code doesn’t register, that vehicle gets a ticket.

Check out what Streetblog has to say about the proposed bill.

March 22, 2011

nyc_parking_ticketAre you one of the 10 million people who got a NYC parking ticket in 2010 and decided not to fight it because the process was too hard? Would you have fought that ticket if you could do it online — and include all your evidence? Well now you can dispute a parking violation from NYC.

Until now, all you could do online was to give your argument in writing. But now you can attach pictures, documents, affidavits, anything that you believe will help your case to fight that NYC parking ticket. And this process will save you the time it takes to get there, wait, and then argue your case.

According to The New York Times City Room Blog, ‘tickets for parking violations and running red lights are an important source of revenue for the city, bringing in about $600 million each year’.

It’s worth a shot to fight that ticket.  About half of all disputed parking violations in NYC are dismissed. But many people believe that you have a better chance of fighting your parking ticket if you appear in person. That way a judge can ask you questions and you have the ability to answer. You’ll also be sure that all your evidence is considered. The experts at New York Parking Ticket also recommend fighting the NYC parking ticket either in person or by mail, where you have the opportunity to present all your evidence and you’ll be sure that the quality of any photos and documents is of a high standard.

December 17, 2010

NYC Councilman David Greenfield (D-Midwood) has proposed that 15 feet on either side of a fire hydrant be painted red to clearly show where you can and cannot park.

The upside for drivers? We think it will reduce parking tickets because drivers will know exactly where the 15 feet of prohibited area starts. It will also help the NYC Fire Department get access to the fire hydrants.

Will this hurt drivers? Only if you’re the NYC driver who takes risks and usually parks too close to the fire hydrant. Without a photo, this is one ticket you won’t be able to defend by saying that you were, in fact, parked farther than 15 feet.

What’s the impact to NYC? Greenfield says, “…it could create more parking spaces because some people are just too nervous to be the closest car to a fire hydrant even if they are more than 15 feet away.” Park It! isn’t 100% in agreement with this hypothesis, and given that Brooklyn alone had 120,000 tickets issued in 2010 for parking too close to a fire hydrant, the city is bound to also lose quite a bit of revenue at $115 per ticket.

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October 28, 2010

When I missed my stop on the 1st Ave M15 bus yesterday, I knew it was time to figure out what was going on. It’s all about the new MetroCard Fare Collector boxes on the sidewalk at the M15 Limited Bus Stops on 1st & 2nd Aves, and the buses labeled ‘Select Bus Service’ (they have flashing blue lights at the front).

NYC M15 MetroCard Machine, E 57th St & 1st Ave

NYC M15 MetroCard Machine, E 57th St & 1st Ave

Welcome to the new M15 Select Bus Service (instead of the M15 Limited), which is supposed to give us a 20% increase in speed during rush hour. What’s different?

You now need to pay before boarding at the machine, get a receipt, and show it if you’re asked. You can’t buy or refill your MetroCard at the machine, but Read more…

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July 7, 2010

On June 27, 2010, the MTA cut 570 bus stops as part of its overall cuts to the bus and subway system. And then, naturally, people started parking there. And got parking tickets.

Good news! If you got a parking violation at a bus stop that was ‘de-commissioned’, you can fight it and get the ticket dismissed. Turns out the Traffic Enforcement Agents were told not to give tickets in these bus stops, but the message didn’t get out to everyone. More info from the Wall Street Journal.

November 22, 2009

From the crowded sidewalks I experienced yesterday in midtown, I’d say that the holiday season is here.

NYC has designated 8 days as Gridlock Alert Days, which means you can expert extra-heavy traffic from cars and trucks. Your best best is to be on the streets either very early or very late, or try to take public transportation (the subway is your best option) whenever you can. Here are the days:

Wednesday, November 25 — everyone is either leaving or arriving for Thanksgiving
Wednesday, December 2
Friday, December 4
Friday, December 11
Wednesday, December 16
Thursday, December 17
Friday, December 18
Wednesday, December 23

As for pedestrian congestion, it looks like pretty much the next 6 weeks should be called Sidewalk Gridlock Alert Days!

November 17, 2009

If you’ve been texting while driving in NY State, stop right now. On November 1st, NY State became the 14th state to ban texting while driving. That includes reading, typing and/or sending text messages, and the fine is up to $150.

But there is are two twists to this ban that most of the other states don’t have:

— You can’t be pulled over for this violation, but you can get a ticket for texting if you’re stopped for something else. This means the ban is a secondary enforcement law.
— This law also makes new drivers take an additional 30 hours of supervised driving, and says that a new driver can have only one passenger under 21 in their car, instead of two passengers.

Is texting really all that bad? The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that a driver text messaging is 23 times more likely to get in a crash than a non-distracted driver. Check out what our friends at 888 Red Light have to say about the new law.

And a poll by The New York Times & CBS Ninety-seven percent found people supported the banning texting while driving, which is significantly high for any kind of poll. Eighty percent also support a ban on talking on a hand-held cellphone while driving. Half of the people surveyed felt the punishment for texting while driving should be just as severe as for drunken driving.

Read more about the NYT Poll and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Study.

November 10, 2009

Our friend, Larry Berezin at New York Parking Ticket just told us about a new parking ticket scam.

Until December 2008, you could get a parking ticket if you parked in front of a pedestrian ramp located in the middle of the long street of a ‘T’ intersection, even if the ramp didn’t have an painted crosswalk or lights. The ticket was $165, which is a pretty expensive ticket.

Well, in December 2008 the Department of Transportation (DOT) realized that this ticket didn’t make any sense and changed the law. Now, you can park on the ‘major street’ of a ‘T’ intersection as long as there aren’t any traffic signals, painted crosswalks, or all-way stop signs.

But it seems traffic enforcement is still giving out those $165 tickets and people are paying them!

Check out Larry’s blog for more tips on avoiding and defending parking tickets.

October 2, 2009

Last week Mayor Bloomberg announced new initiatives to make street parking in NYC easier. His proposals include:

Installing Smart Parking Meters
Nicer Parking Enforcement Agents
Online Payments for Parking Fines
Reduced Alternate-Side-of-the-Street Parking Rgulations
Lower Penalties for Overdue Parking Fines

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