I had been asked to speak at the NYSMCA (New York State Messenger & Courier Association) dinner meeting, which took place at Arno’s restaurant at 141 w 38th Street in Manhattan on Wednesday, April 18th, 2007.
The NYSMCA members are really nice people. Couriers and messengers face a lot of unique challenges regarding NYC parking. They need to park in places where it is often next to impossible so that they can deliver goods to their customers who usually are in a hurry and don’t want to hear about the many difficulties of NYC parking. These customers are paying for a service and they want it now.
Commercial vehicles do have some NYC parking regulations designed for specifically for them, but that...
...doesn’t mean that the drivers don’t get confused and get parking tickets. Just like the rest of us, they do, and they hate it just as much as drivers of passenger vehicles. It’s just as painful for them to dig deep into their wallets and fork over big bucks to the City Government for that $115 NYC parking ticket as it is for you and me.
With that in mind, I was invited to speak to the NYSMCA dinner about our Manhattan Parking Search Engine and how this service might ease their driver’s pain and make their lives easier.
Before I went on to speak, there was a cocktail hour (Arno’s is a great place - very old world Italian) and I got to meet many of the association’s members in person. Bill Goodman arranges the dinners and also puts out the association’s magazine, called The Courier Times.
Erik and Bill Goodman:
I also met President of the NYSMCA board Hugh Canavan and board member Larry Zogby.
Erik and Hugh Canavan:
Erik and Larry Zogby:
I spoke about how our service could help their drivers by showing them where they can - and can’t - park before heading out for deliveries.
This knowledge will help them plan more direct routes, which:
* Saves time (avoid streets where they can never park
* Saves $ on gas
* Saves $ on vehicle wear & tear
* Most importantly, saves big $$$ by avoiding parking tickets and taking the guesswork out of where to park
I also told them about our new 1-on-1 phone consultations in which we advise any driver if they should fight their parking tickets and tell them exactly how to do so if they decide to fight it. We also recommend when fighting it will likely bring a reduction in the fine, even if they "lose".
They were very receptive to my presentation and I look forward to working with them in the future and keeping their driver’s hard earned money in their pockets and not in the City Government’s bank account.
All in all, it was a really fun night in a great environment with nice people, good food and a lot of valuable information being shared.
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