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March 27, 2007

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rachel

I just received a ticket for being double parked, while unloading my groceries at 11pm at night on a quiet residential street, in front of my apt building, the trunk was open the car was running and the hazards where on, i was not more than 15 feet from my car putting the bags down when they gave me the ticket, what are my chances on getting this thrown out?

Erik Feder - The Parking Expert

Hi Rachel,

I'm sorry to hear that you received this unfair NYC parking ticket. I think your chances are very good that this ticket could be thrown out.

Our 1-on-1 phone consultation service (with me) may be helpful to you in this case. I advise you what evidence you need, how to present that evidence, how to submit your "not guilty" claim and how to handle the whole process so that the ticket will be dismissed or the fine reduced. The phone consultation is very reasonably priced at $14.95 and we have a special deluxe package where if you purchase the annual subscription for our Parking Search Engine, the phone consultation is only an additional $9.95

The phone consultations and all our subscription packages can be purchased directly at: http://www.wheretofindparking.com/view/subscription.aspx?op=nd&intChild=0&cityid=12

Again, it stink sthat this happened to you - this is really one of those times when it seems that they are just trying to write NYC parking tickets to meet a quota.

Good luck.


alison

I just got a $65 ticket in Brooklyn this morning for an "improperly displayed license plate". I can't find online any "proper display" criteria for my license plate. My plate is bolted on because the original license plate bracket on my 2000 Saturn broke. But the plate is in the proper spot and readable. What gives?! Thanks!

Erik Feder - The Parking Expert

Hi Alison,

Sorry to hear about the NYC parking ticket that you got- that stinks! A license plate must be mounted with at least two screws/nuts and completely readable (no part of it can be covered) to be considered properly mounted. If yours was, you should fight this ticket.

Our 1-on-1 phone consultation service (with me) may be helpful to you in this case. I advise you what evidence you need, how to present that evidence, how to submit your "not guilty" claim and how to handle the whole process so that the ticket will be dismissed or at the very least, the fine will be reduced. The phone consultation is very reasonably priced at $14.95 and we have a special deluxe package where if you purchase our annual subscription for our Parking Search Engine, the phone consultation is only an additional $9.95

The phone consultations and all our subscription packages can be purchased directly at: http://www.wheretofindparking.com/view/subscription.aspx?op=nd&intChild=0&cityid=12

Whether or not you use our service, good luck fighting this parking ticket.

Cecilia W.

What recourse do we have in the following case?
I live in Wyckoff Heights, Brooklyn. There are 2 repair shops on my block ... 1 body work & 1 mechanical repair.
At the end of the business day, the body shop likes to push the cars onto the street to 'park' them overnight.
The problem is that we already have very limited parking in our area. Alternate parking affects us 4 days a week ... It is very unfair to the residents of the neighborhood, especially since we are already in competition for spaces with the employees & visitors of the hospital up the block.
Is there an agency we can contact about this?
*note, the mechanic shop is not as bad with the offense, but they will occasionally do this*

PLEASE HELP!!!

Erik Feder - The Parking Expert

Hi Cecilia,

That is really unfair. What I need to understand is, are these repair shops legally parking the cars when they put the cars on the street? If the spaces are legal and are open, there’s not much you can do about it. If they are parking illegally, you can report them to your local police precinct and contact the NYCDOT about this. There are complaint and comment forms for the NYCDOT at the City’s website at www.NYC.gov.

Try to get as many of your neighbors to complain to the police and NYCDOT as well. There is power in numbers!

Gil Kulick

A very simple question (at the end):
My initial plea of "not guilty" to a ticket for parking on the sidewalk (I contend, supported by photographs, that the wheels were on a block of concrete that filled the right-angle space between the curb and the street, and not on the sidewalk itself.) was rejected by the NYC Department of Finance. I believed -- and still do -- that the decision was unjustified and contradicted by the photographic evidence, and I filed an appeal to the Adjudications Division.

That appeal was also rejected, without explanation, and the $115 fine I paid was not returned. I continue to believe that the ticket was unwarranted and that the the photographs that clearly support that contention were not examined closely by the adjudicator.

Question: Do I have any avenue of appealing that decision further, or have I exhausted all my options?

Erik Feder - The Parking Expert

Hi Gil,

It certainly does sound like this ticket was unwarranted. According to the NYC Dept of Finance, once an appeal has been rejected, the only other option if you wish to pursue this is to file an article 78 with the State Supreme Court, which will be very expensive if you lose. While pleading not guilty by mail is fine, I always recommend having the appeal process done as a hearing so that you are looking someone in the eye. Did you do this or was the appeal also by mail?

I wish I had better news for you. Good luck if you continue to appeal this unfair ruling.

Kerine

I was in New York back in April, don't know the city to well but do know a parking when I see it. I parkied Where there was a meter and went to do what I came there to do, I still had about ten to fifteen minutes left on my meter time but still got a ticket. I am still trying to fight it they write back saying that I was parked in a commercial area. There where other non-commercial cars there. No sign that said commercial cars only. I ecieved a $115.00 ticket and they then said they would reduce it to $90. I don't feel I have to pay anything I put my money in the metere and there where no signs stating that I could not park there. Now they want me to still send in the money in order for them to do an appeal. That is just CRAZY. I'm sorry but New York might be a beautiful city but I won't be back.

Izzy Halberstam

Saw Erik on a WCBS piece last night. It hit home. I have an 80-year old neighbor who has been hit with a barage of illegitimate parking tickets this past winter for parking in front of a school. This man has been parking there for the past 25 years. He drives there from his home at 6 AM, parks on a side of the street that clearly delineates the street as prohibited from 8 AM, attends an early Bible class in his synagogue and leaves about 7:40. He sent in photos of the sign, has written letters - to no avail. His tickets were upheld against all that evidence. He finally found the person issuing the tickets, challenged her, and she took his ticket back. She did not remove the other tickets she had distributed that morning before 8 AM. My neighbor is nervous about what awaits him this fall when school resumes.

Erik Feder - The Parking Expert

Hi Izzy,

I'm very sorry to hear about your 80 year old neighbor having such problems with bogus parking tickets. If you or your neighbor would like my help, we offer a 1-on-1 phone consultation and I think I can help you/your neighbor get these tickets dismissed.

If you are interested, the phone consultations and all our subscription packages can be purchased directly at: http://www.wheretofindparking.com/view/subscription.aspx?op=nd&intChild=0&cityid=12

In the meantime, I will let my contacts at CBS know about your neighbor's story. I can't guarantee anything, but maybe they will be interested in this as a follow up to last night's news story.

Erik Feder - The Parking Expert

Hi Kerine,

That really stinks. Are you positive that it wasn't a metered spot for commercial vehicles? NYC does have alot of those. If you are sure, then I believe that I can help you get this ticket dismissed. If you would like a phone consult with me, you can get one here:
http://www.wheretofindparking.com/view/subscription.aspx?op=nd&intChild=0&cityid=12

I have helped other drivers from out of NY state get their NYC parking tickets dismissed, it all comes down to gathering the correct evidence and submitting it properly.

Whatever you decide, best of luck and I'm sorry again that this happened to you.

Sara

question:
The 2 hour meter is broken. Meters are in effect until 7 pm. I usually park at 5pm and feed the meter for 2 hours. If the meter is broken, can I leave the car before 5 pm? Thank you.

Erik Feder - The Parking Expert

Hi Sara,

Believe it or not, you are taking a chance leaving your car at 5pm at a broken 2 hour meter that is in effect until 7pm.

As crazy as it sounds. the law states that one may only park at a broken meter for 1 hour - regardless of the time allowed on the sign. I think this is as unfair as you do, but you can get a ticket if you leave your car for more than 1 hour at one of these meters. Some traffic cops may not know of this rule, but it is on the books so you should know about it and
decide if you want to take the chance.

Doug Wright

Hi Eric, I'm hardly an expert on parking in the city but the ICON parking web site is the best as far as I am concerned. You pick out an area of the city, you pick out a garage, put in date, arrival time, departure time and they give you a price WITH tax. The best part is they show you the same time period for adjacent garages (the charges can be dramatically different) and they give you a price for arriving a little early and leaving a little late. Very consumer friendly AND if you print out the page they guarantee the deal. It's the best if you have time and place you have to be.

Wendy Cosgrove

Dear Mr. Feder,

I recently received a ticket for double parking. I was unloading my groceries into my building which is located in a residential area, on a one way street,at an hour where I would not obstruct any traffic, andwhere parking is very hard to find. There is no other place to park to do this except for parking in front of a hydrant. I had left my mother and infant by the car and she told the traffic person that I was just unloading groceries and I still got the ticket. Is there anything I can do to have this fee reduced or dropped?

Erik Feder - The Parking Expert

Hi Wendy,

I'm sorry to hear about this ticket you got. It does seem unfair - you would think that they would show some understanding since your mother and baby were there while you were unloading the groceries.

I feel strongly that you can get this fine reduced and may be able to get it dismissed entirely. Our 1-on-1 phone consultation service (with me) can be helpful to you. I advise you what evidence you need, how to present that evidence, how to submit your "not guilty" claim and how to handle the whole process. We guarantee that with our help the ticket will be dismissed or at the very least, the fine will be reduced - if not we refund the money you paid for the phone consult in full. The phone consultation is very reasonably priced at $14.95 and we have a special deluxe package where if you purchase our annual subscription for our Parking Search Engine, the phone consultation is only an additional $9.95.

The phone consultations and all our subscription packages can be purchased directly at: http://www.wheretofindparking.com/view/subscription.aspx

Whether or not you use our service, good luck fighting this parking ticket and I'm sorry again that you had this bad experience.


Erik Feder - The Parking Expert

Hi Doug,

I agree with you that Icon has a great site. The one thing to keep in mind when using it is that it will only tell you about their garages and sometimes another NYC parking garage firm may have a cheaper garage nearby your destination. While Icon does operate quite alot of garages in Manhattan (well over 100), we list over 600 Manhattan parking garages at http://www.WhereToFindParking.com and with more choices, you have a better chance of finding something cheaper or more suitable to your individual needs.

sheila p.

hi,
we have parked our car in a local GMC indoor garage as a monthly customer for the past five years. We just bought a new car 1 month ago, and the care of the car is a big issue - we have 2 problems already and I am looking for advice on how to get some redress. First, we know they have cars parked so close sometimes they get in through the window. Now we have a big rip in the leather door panel just at the window, clearly from a shoe. Worse, a tire light went off so we brought the car to the dealer who informed us the spare which has to be released with a bolt from the interior and is a fairly lengthy process, had been stolen! Because Lexus puts a full tire with matching car rim as a spare, replacing it cost $1000! The door panel will cost $700 to replace. As we only drive to a weekend house with a garage, and the tire requires interior access and time to release, there is no question the theft happened at the garage. Will I get anywhere with them on reimbursement (and they need to check their employees better)? What is my best course of action? Thanks for any advice!

Erik Feder - The Parking Expert

Hi Sheila,

That’s just terrible that you’re having such problems after being with a parking garage for 5 years. You’d think they would value your loyalty as a customer.

The problem of course is proving that these things happened at the garage, which may be difficult. Short of dusting for fingerprints, I’m not sure how you can prove that they stole your tire. If I were you, I would bring it up with them - a manager, not just the normal person who works at the garage. Ask for the name of the management company and call there, asking for a complaints department. Share your concerns and let them know that it had to have happened there (and why this is the case). Ask if they have cameras set up and if so, is it possible for you to review the tapes that show your car. They will probably say no, but if you keep pressing them (and if they think they might be guilty) they might offer to settle with you. Failing that, do you know any lawyers who’d be willing to write them a letter?

As for the big rip in the leather door panel, you need to bring these things to their attention as soon as you notice them. Again, get the name of the management company and complain - tell them you have witnesses who will sign statements verifying that the rip wasn’t there before the last time you parked the car. Be persistent and see if they will pay for the damages.

I wish I had more info to give you but as in any case where you feel you’ve been wronged, it’s really about how much pressure you are willing to put on them and what you will accept as reimbursement. Don’t give up easily if you know you are right.

Dan

I have leaned that if you send in a ticket asking for a hearing by mail, they will offer an automatic discounted fine: $115 reduced to $90, and $45 reduced to $32. So even if you know you forgot to move the car for alternate side parking, orthe time on te meter did overrun, you should ask for a hearing by mail and a reduced fine offer is sure to follow.

Erik Feder - The Parking Expert

Hi Dan,

Well, what you've heard is partially correct. If you contest the ticket the right way (this varies greatly depending based on the infraction you are charged with on the ticket) they will likely - not automatically - offer a fine reduction. They know that some people are just hoping for the reduction, so they don't do it automatically. You have to word it correctly and approach it the right way or the will simply rule "guilty" and let the full fine stand.

Dr. Benelli

As someone who has to schlep large heavy equipment an SUV is the best choice of vehicle. At the moment mine is a Honda Pilot. When parking in many/most garages in Manhattan I am almost always charged an extra fee for "oversize vehicle", the charge is usually $10.00. When I park in these garages I notice many cars that are longer and wider than my little Pilot - BMW's, Camrys, Accords, etc. It seems that this is probably a scam to get some extra money, probably not sanctioned by the city and impossible to fight.

My questions: Is it a legal practice to charge extra for an SUV? I think it might be legal to offer a discount for smaller vehicles but not an extra charge for SUVs. Shouldn't this be regulated by the city's licensing dept? How can they charge extra for an SUV when it is shorter than many sedans?

Here's the media story you've been looking for.

Thanks for your help!

Chris

Hey, I got a ticket for parking too close to a hydrant. The ticket says I was 4 feet away from it but in reality I was at least 20 feet. I took a picture but the picture didn't develop. Icing on the cake is that while I was at work.. I got the ticket..and then got a second one on top of that before I even got home from work.
Please help me. Can I contest the first one? If so, how? and is it even legal to ticket me twice for the same offense before I even saw the first ticket?

Erik Feder - The Parking Expert

Hi Chris,

Sorry to hear about these 2 tickets - that really stinks! I am confident that we can get one of these tickets dismissed entirely. If you were really 20 feet from the hydrant we should be able to get both dismissed. At the very least we can get the fine greatly reduced.

We have a 1-on-1 phone consultation service where I can advise you how to beat these NYC parking tickets. You can check out and sign up for the consultation at: http://www.wheretofindparking.com/view/consultation.aspx

It's very inexpensive (less than $15) and we guarantee that the fines will be either dismissed or reduced - if not we refund your money.

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