Dear PARKAZINE reader,
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READER’S QUESTION: PARKING AT FIRE HYDRANT, BUT ONLY DURING DAYLIGHT?
PARKAZINE reader Ron asked: "I have often heard that a motorist can temporarily stop or stand a vehicle at the curbside in such a way that it is less than the required 15 feet from a hydrant, BUT supposedly this applies from "Sunrise to sunset". Just exactly what happens to this rule after sunset and why??"
Answer: Ron is absolutely correct, the rule is that you may "stand" in front of (or within 15 feet of) a fire hydrant during daylight hours. Please note that the official definition of "standing" is sitting behind the wheel, ready to move if asks to by a police officer or traffic agent. So you can't be standing (I mean on two legs) outside your car or sitting in the passenger seat.
After (or before) daylight hours, this is prohibited and you can get a ticket. Sorry that I can't answer the "why" - the City works in mysterious ways, many of their rules are arbitrary, contradictory or simply inexplicable. Perhaps they know that confusion brings mistakes, which brings parking tickets and more revenue. Yes, I'm a cynic!
CLARIFICATION: SUBMITTING EVIDENCE WHEN FIGHTING A PARKING TICKET
PARKAZINE reader Allan emailed me that: "You recently recommended that evidence be included in pleas by mail and that the package be sent certified. You may want to add that ALL the contents of the package (plea form, evidence, additional papers, etc) should be physically attached to each other (staples, tape) and that identifying information (name, address, ticket number) be written on all of the attachments. I sent in a mail plea and the evidence was apparently "lost" and the verdict was "guilty - no evidence provided". The ticket was eventually dismissed after I reassembled the material and appealed the verdict.
I was later told by a parking judge (in an informal conversation) that the volume of mail was so great and the clerical department so understaffed that pleas and evidence were (accidentally or perhaps carelessly) separated from each other more frequently than the public is aware."
Answer: Thanks Allan, for this excellent, important tip.
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