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 – I tried this defense when I moved from San Francisco, where it was true, and was denied. You must park farther than 15 feet from a NYC fire hydrant. But…. between sunrise and sunset you can sit in your car within 15 feet of the fire hydrant and not get a ticket, as long as a licensed driver stays remains seated behind the wheel, with the keys, ready to move upon request (or a fire truck comes along). After sunset, you cannot park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.
A Wrong Color or VIN noted on your NYC parking ticket — a number of people have told me this, so we checked with New York Parking Ticket. They told us that even if the traffic enforcement agent notes an incorrect VIN or even the color of your car isn’t right, the ticket is still valid. A ticket is not valid, however, if the place of occurrence, date and time of violation, license plate number, or one of the other required elements are incorrect.
You can pull over to the curb in a No Standing or No Parking zone to Answer your Cell Phone – since you can’t hold a cell phone or text while driving, isn’t it best to pull over, stop the car, and use your cell phone? Not if you’re in a notorious NYC No Parking or No Standing Zone. If the sign says No Parking, it means you can stop your vehicle temporarily to pick up or drop off people or personal property. Temporarily is considered 2 minutes or less. An easy way to remember ‘No Parking’ is think of the ‘P’, which allows for People and Personal Property. In a No Standing zone, you can stop your vehicle temporarily to pick up or drop off people, but that’s it. Just think of people standing at the curb for this one. But neither zone lets you sit in your car and talk on the phone.
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