The Easiest Way To Fight A NYC Parking Ticket

My dear friend Lawrence Berezin of New York Parking Ticket.com has graciously shared his user-friendly way to identify defects in a New York City parking ticket. The below image show the 10 items which must be properly completed in order for your NYC parking ticket to be valid. If any one (or more) of these items are omitted or incorrect, you should plead not guilty to the ticket and explain which of these items are defective.

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  • Hi. I received a ticket in NYC for parking close to the fire hydrant but they typed a wrong plate number in the ticket. Two out of six symbols are wrong. Can I successfully fight the ticket? Thanks.

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  • I received a ticket for no std com mtr zone, which costs $115.00. In the ticket, it says 3:51PM as the date/time of offense. However, I paid for parking through the meter. The ticket I received from the parking meter machine says 3:40PM as the start time and 4:40 PM as the expiration time. Since the ticket that I bought through the meter machine is valid during the time of offense, is it possible to win this or reduce the fine?

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    • Tae Hoon Lee,

      Your Muni Meter receipt does not help unless you were in a commercial vehicle. You apparently were in a “no standing” zone which allowed for commercial metered parking only.

      MatthewW Weiss

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      • How is it that a parking app can take my money, and apparently give me parking permission, for a specific NUMBERED stretch of parking that is not open to private vehicles? Surely this shouldn’t happen – the app shouldn’t ‘sell’ something I’m not allowed in law to buy?

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  • If the directional is incorrect, can i get the ticket dismissed? I was parked on the Northwest corner of the intersection and the ticket says N/E. I am a geography buff and I know my directional. Not to mention that a map confirms this. Thanks!

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    • Sheryl,

      The wrong location is a strong argument in defense of a parking ticket (assuming you can prove it).

      Good luck.

      Matthew Weiss

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      • Thank you. What manner of proof can I provide? A picture of my car on the Northwest side? I drive my car away before I noticed the ticket, so all I can do now is restage the shot. (This is in Staten Island, by the way, and the incorrectly written corner doesn’t have parking on it at all. The ticket was for blocking the entrance to the crosswalk.)

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  • Hi, If a car is in a no standing zone with a passenger and the passenger is licensed to drive, is the ticket warrior required to give the passenger an opportunity to move the car before issuing a ticket?

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    • Matthew Weiss
      November 9, 2017 7:40 pm

      Drew.

      The warrior does not have to give your passenger a chance to move your illegally standing car.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Hi, first, thank you for this site it is very helpful. I received a parking ticket today for violating 4-08(k)(2) No standing ex. truck load/unload 7a-1p – The Warrior’s comments state that there was no driver however I had a passenger in the car (my mother) and the Warrior asked her if she had a license, My mother stated yes, and offered to move the car, but the Warrior ignored her and went straight to writing the ticket. Am I correct in that due process was not given because my mother was not given an opportunity to move the car? Additionally the ticket says “name of operator, if present” and I was indeed present but my information was not taken. Lastly (this is minor) the color of my car was incorrect so with 1) not asking for the car to be moved and going right to ticketing and 2) not taking my personal information and 3) incorrect color can I argue that the ticket was written in haste? I was absolutely present during the ticket and I am an out of state person (visiting home) and I feel that I was somewhat taken advantage of during the process. The warrior handed the ticket to me while I was behind the wheel. I don’t have pictures but my mother was in the car the entire time to see this. My last question, if this is ticket can be beat, do I have to show up in person or would notarized letters detailing the account suffice? Thank you.

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    • Matthew Weiss
      November 9, 2017 7:40 pm

      DB,

      The warrior does not have to give your mother/passenger a chance to move the car. Nor does he or she have to include operator information. Finally, the wrong color of your car is not helpful to beat this ticket.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Hi Matthew. I received a ticket for parking in a school zone, where only authorized DOE vehicles could park between 7 am – 4pm on school days. My car was towed. I went back to the scene and found the “no parking” sign, which was probably a few car lengths behind where I parked, so I did not see it, and I would not have seen it when I left my car. However, there was no “bounding” “no parking” sign in front of me. In other words, after exiting my car, I walked to the end of the block and saw no other “no parking” signs leading me to believe that there were no parking restrictions. Is it a defense that a ‘no parking’ area must be bounded by two signs identifying the area, i.e., you cannot have just one sign prohibiting parking because it could apply indefinitely? This would be a vagueness/lack of notice defense; how could a reasonable person know that he was in a restricted area when the area was unbounded, and therefore, undefined?

    Thanks.

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    • Matthew Weiss
      November 9, 2017 7:25 pm

      Aron,

      I doubt that you will win on this vagueness argument. I suspect that the Parking Violations judges will conclude that motorists should look in both directions before parking.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • I went to pay a ticket and got this response:
    “The host system returned the following failure:Violation Entered has been flagged as deleted (Error code: PARK-00302)”
    what does this mean?
    thank you

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    • Matthew Weiss
      November 4, 2017 8:15 am

      Andrea Hirshman,

      Sounds like your ticket was defectively written and therefore administratively dismissed.

      Congrats!

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Hi I double parked infront my house while i was unpacking groceries from my car , I went inside for maybe 10 mins and came back to a ticket . My block is usually not busy at all. I guarantee you that 5-10 cars did not pass while I was gone so I wasn’t obstructing traffic in any type of way. Do you have any advice ?

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    • Matthew Weiss
      November 4, 2017 8:17 am

      Monique,

      Nothing you’ve written suggests to me that you can beat this ticket. It is illegal to double park in NYC (even for just 10 minutes on a quiet street).

      Matthew Weiss

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  • I received at “No Standing bus stop” ticket, but the bus was not running at the time. It was re-routed because of a parade that day. I was only there for a minute to pick someone up, but the traffic agent totally ignored me.
    Should I fight this summons?

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    • Matthew Weiss
      November 4, 2017 8:19 am

      KT,

      A bus stop parking ticket is a NO STANDING violation. This means you can stop, drop-off or pick-up a passenger, and go … but cannot stay any longer than that.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Hi I received a handwritten ticket for blocking a driveway (I wasn’t but didn’t get pictures)and the my copy is illegible only his copy (posted online) is readable. In addition he omitted the body type (he didn’t fill in any of the bubbles) can I fight it?
    Thanks!

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  • Hi Matthew,

    I have a company car parking in front of my office and several times, the meterman/woman has come to give us tickets after hours for parking on the sidewalk. The vehicle is parked within property lines and not obstructing any part of the sidewalk. I have sent in the survey as well as multiple explanations regarding this issue but each time they do not dismiss my case. We have gotten several tickets and had to end up paying them. Recently we got another ticket. Do you think we are able to fight this?

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    • Tracy Y,

      If parked on the sidewalk (even not block pedestrians) the cars are still illegally parked.

      Sorry.

      Matthew Weiss

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      • Is it still considered a sidewalk if it is within our property lines? Other houses on the block use the same space as part of their driveway.

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  • Hi! I just received a parking ticket on a 3hr commercial metered zone, I was inside the car and just waiting to pick someone up (less than the 2 mins allowed). My ticket says the sign was a ‘no standing’ sign on top of the mentioned above. The signs do not say ‘no standing’, I took photos and checked the DOTMAP portal. Also, since I was in the car (and pleading politely for the officer to let me drive away), shouldn’t I’ve been asked for a driver’s licence so the ticket has my name (it doesn’t)? Will a letter from my witness (the person I was picking up) help? Thanks in advance!

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    • Matthew Weiss
      October 20, 2017 8:41 pm

      Claudette,

      The warrior does not have to ask for your driver’s license to issue a parking ticket.

      I doubt a witness letter will help. Sorry.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Hey,

    I’ve received a ticket for parking in a Temporary Construction Zone: Authorized Vehicles Only. It was raining out and I didn’t see the sign. The ticket has few defects. wrong vin, color and year. Any way to fight this? Thanks in advance!

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    • Matthew Weiss
      October 20, 2017 9:27 am

      Joe,

      The wrong year is the only mistake that is important. You should make this argument and submit a copy of your registration showing the error.

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

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      • Thanks so much for your swift reply!

        Should I mention the color and vin # is wrong or should I leave that out and just state it shows the wrong year.

        Thank you again and God Bless You! 🙂

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  • My parents came from out of town to visit me for the weekend where the fire hydrant rule is 1.5 meters (5 ft) away from hydrant without knowing that in NYC it was 15 ft. They weren’t even parked there for very long. I know the law is the law and we’re technically non-abiding, but would I have a case if explained the situation..?

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  • Hi! I just received a notice of judgement enforcement, stating that in June I was illegally parked. It has my name and license plate correct. I WAS in nyc in June but I didn’t see a ticket! The address they have is incorrect and appparently I have been getting notice about this! This is the first I’ve heard of it, the mailman hand corrected the address and delivered it today. It’s $115 and $60 “penalty”. Is there a chance I can just pay the fine, even though I never saw the ticket? They are threatening to take away my everything, including firstborn and pound of flesh! Help! Thanks!

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  • Hi I got a ticket at a no standing sign at my sons school where everyone else was parked. ca I fight this?

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    • Matthew Weiss
      October 9, 2017 10:48 pm

      Sophie,

      It is not a defense to a parking ticket that “everyone else was doing it”. Sorry.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Hello . It’s Inez again . I have a question about speeding ticket in New York . Here the story . I was in the car driving not going fast just the same as all cars around me . All of the sudden police officer runs to the road from no where and ask as to pull over to the side and claims we were going 24 miles over the speed limit on the street. First of all he wouldn’t even talk to as a civil person and was very rude . He gave a ticket . As I said I didn’t even see a police car that was blocked on that street because other cars were blocking it . So how possible he could of saw my car while there was lots of cars on the road . He claimed radar show we were speeding . The ticket is hand written and when I got a good at it later I found few things wrong with it . 1) my zip code is wrong, one of the numbers even so he had my license 2) my plate number very clearly shows one number is wrong , the street where I got pulled over not clear if someone wants to read it , I only know what street since I know where it happened, the precinct number not written and the whole ticket not written accurately . Since points on license are involved I’m very concerned . What’s your opinion on this . Any way to fight it . Thank you .

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    • This concerns Inez’ speeding ticket. If the place of occurence is genuinely illegible–illegible as in totally incecipherible–the ticket might be tossed on the grounds it’s required to be “clear and unambiguous.” My aunt once beat a Nassau County speeding ticket because parts of it were literally unreadible. But I don’t think garden variety bad penmanship would have been enough for the dismissal. I don’t know if the other issued you raised could help.

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  • I received a “no stopping anytime” ticket in NYC on a saturday. However the street signs were as followed: “Truck loading only Monday – friday ” and further on the same street is a “TEMPORARY No standing anytime “. Both the street signs were 50 feet from each other and I parked in between.

    Since the two parking signs contradict each other and the parking ticket is no stopping instead of no standing, do I have a chance to beat?

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    • Alan,

      Sounds like you should win. No stopping is more restrictive, than no standing (and neither sign restricted stoping).

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

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  • I was rollerskating in Nassau County Cedar park that has a bike path that goes more than 4 miles one way. On the way back it became dark and upon return there was a ticket for parking in the park after close. There is only VIN and car make but apparently no name or license number and these fields were left blank. It says “you” must appear in court on a certain date, no option to just pay the fine. Is there a way to fight it since it is not issued to a person but rather to the car? I should also note that this park was always (at least for the last 20 years) officially open after dusk for “light activities” and this is only this year they changed the rules.

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    • OK,

      A parking ticket is not required to have a person’s name or driver’s license number on it.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Hi Matthew,

    I didn’t realize my inspection was expired and was out of town. Came back to find one ticket for 8/2 and two separate tickets for 8/3 within 90 mins of each other. I disputed one of them and was found guilty. This doesn’t seem legal is it? They can’t just stand there and keep ticketing every minute the car is parked for an inspection can they? I refuse to pay 2 tickets that occurred in the same spot for the same violation within 90 mins. Now I have to appeal.

    Also, it says on the NYS DMV website that the range of fines allowed is $25-50. NYC is charging $65. Is that legal?

    Thanks so much!

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    • Deanna,

      The $65 is a legal fine for un-inspected. I would challenge the two from 8/3 that you received so closely in time from one another.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Hi Matthew,
    I was parked on 31st and 2nd in NYC on 2nd Avenue side where there is a thru street and was parked on the thru street. The fire hydrant was on the opposite side of the curb on 2nd Ave side and I got a ticket for parking too close to a fire hydrant. Is this possible considering firehydrant was not located on my side of sidewalk?

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  • Hi Matthew,

    I recently received a ticket stating I was in violation of rule 4-08(e)(3). However, my car was parked in my driveway which is close to the sidewalk.

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    • Matthew Weiss
      August 30, 2017 10:53 pm

      Jai-ne,

      Parking in a driveway is not illegal unless you were blocking the sidewalk (which it sounds like you were).

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Dear Mr. Weiss,
    I loaned my motorcycle to a friend staying at my place while I was overseas. I believe by mistake, instead of the current one, he took an old license plate that I used to own but I don’t anymore and put it on my parked motorcycle (with an old registration sticker). I dont have paperwork for that plate and I have no idea whom it belongs to now. I don’t even remember why I have it. I may have reported it missing but not sure.
    The motorcycle was towed because of expired registration and when I got it back with my current plate they kept the old plate and they will send it back to the DMV.
    1. Am I going to get in trouble with the DMV?
    2. Can I fight the ticket on the grounds that the license plate is wrong/is not mine?
    Thanks!

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    • Matthew Weiss
      August 30, 2017 10:51 pm

      John,

      1. Am I going to get in trouble with the DMV? Sounds like a yes to me. Plates must be surrendered when they are no longer being used. Further any plate that is registered to you must maintain continuous insurance coverage.
      2. Can I fight the ticket on the grounds that the license plate is wrong/is not mine? This is not a good defense in my opinion. Essentially, you seeking to benefit from your friend’s use of an illegal plate.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Received alternative dais parking ticket in Yonkers- nyc.gov states that alternative side is suspended today for Feast of the Assumption. ….was I wrong in assuming nyc.gov applied to Yonkers as well?

    *alternative side parking ticket

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    • Matthew Weiss
      August 18, 2017 12:16 am

      Linda,

      Yes, Yonkers is a separate city from New York City and it has its own, separate parking rules.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • HI, I DOUBLE PARK MY CAR FRONT OF MY HOUSE AROUND NIGHT 10:45 PM AND MY DISABLE FATHER WAS WITH ME .I JUST DROP MY FATHER ENTRY LEVEL IN MY APARTMENT AND ITS TAKE JUST 1 MINUTE.MY CAR EMERGENCY LIGHT WAS ON AND WHEN I CAME BACK I SEE POLICE OFFICER COMEING FRONT OF MY CAR AND HE PREPARING EVERYTHING TO GIVE ME TICKET .I TOLD HIM I JUST DROP MY DISABLE FATHER NEXT TO ENTRY DOOR BUT HE DIDNT LISTEN TO ME HE GAVE ME $115 DOUBLE PARKING TICKET.I WANTS TO KNOW CAN I FIGHT FOR THIS TICKET AND ITS NOT ANY CONSIDARATION FOR DISABLE PEOPLE ,ALSO I TOLD HIM I HAVE A DISABILTY PARKING PERMIT BUT IT WAS NOT DISPLAYED ON DASH BOARD!! THANK YOU

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    • Matthew Weiss
      August 14, 2017 12:17 am

      Mirza,

      Easy with those cap locks. It is illegal to double park even to drop of a disabled person.

      Sorry.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Hi, I have a Fire Hydrant ticket said, need 7 feet, I had 6 feet

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  • Hi, I received a parking ticket for parking in a “no standing anytime” zone, but I am clearly parked in a legal spot, with my front car bumper at the sign where it says from “here” on, 2 hour metered parking. I took pictures of my car in relation to the posted sign.

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    • Matthew Weiss
      August 9, 2017 10:30 am

      Sarah,

      Sounds weird that you’d receive such a ticket but errors do occur. Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

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  • I got an expired muni meter violation (4-08(h)(10)(i). Muni Meter in effect: days/hours Sa / 8A-12A. Date/time of Offense: 07/29/17 03:36PM, and Date/time 1st Observed: 07/29/17 02:59AM.

    So the main difference here is AM and PM on the two times. Could this discrepancy be used to fight the ticket? If so, which time should I complain about? I am thinking that the Date/time 1st Observed is on 07/29/17 02:59AM which is outside the muni meter operation time so I could claim that the Date/time 1st Observed is outside the muni meter usage range and therefore the parking ticket is invalid. Thanks.

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    • Matthew Weiss
      August 9, 2017 10:32 am

      Lous,

      The Date/time 1st Observed is not a required item on the ticket so I doubt the error will help you unless you can prove that the ticket, in fact, issued in AM. Do not claim it unless it is true, however.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • hi, i received a sidewalk ticket for 115 dollers vc 51 i was moving stuff into my job and parked right next to the opened door with the car on is there anyway i can fight this ticket?

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    • Matthew Weiss
      August 6, 2017 1:08 pm

      Kenny,

      You have provide very little details but, with that said, nothing written on your post makes me optimistic for your chances.

      Matthew Weiss

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      • Fed Ex Independent Contractor
        August 28, 2017 3:30 pm

        Commercial Truck (Independent FedEx contractor) received sidewalk ticket while making delivery. Driver inside building making delivery while ticket received, can this be argued?

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        • Matthew Weiss
          August 30, 2017 10:51 pm

          Fed Ex Independent Contractor,

          What is a “sidewalk ticket”? You parked on a sidewalk? If so, you haven’t written anything that makes me optimistic.

          Matthew Weiss

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          • Gen Two Distributors Inc
            August 31, 2017 5:56 am

            Hi Matthew,

            In this particular location the driver must back the truck up to the loading dock to load and unload packages, the rearbof the truck on the sidewalk during this time and received a “sidewalk” ticket.

          • Matthew Weiss
            August 31, 2017 11:40 pm

            Gen Two Distributors Inc,

            Technically illegally parked.

            Matthew Weiss

          • Fed Ex Independent Contractor
            August 31, 2017 5:51 pm

            The commercial truck was making a delivery during routine business ( a GPS manifest would show why the driver was at the location). At this particular location, drive must back vehicle up to loading dock to load and unload packages. the driver was ticketed a “sidewalk ticket while the rear of truck was backed on sidewalk.

  • danicel baez
    August 3, 2017 9:06 am

    Hellos
    I received a parking violation for parking 5 feet from fire hydrant but i was parked 14 feet away from the fire hydrant. I measured it with a tape. Also the ticket states that the place of occurrence was in front of 541 e 187 st. but the fire hydrant is in front of 543 e 187th st. more than 15 feet away of the description. any chance of winning it ?
    Thanks.

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    • Matthew Weiss
      August 3, 2017 1:57 pm

      Danicel Baez,

      Parking 5 feet or 14 feet is still illegal in NYC. With that said, if you can prove that the wrong place of occurrence was written on the ticket, then you can win.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Hi,
    I received an traffic violation “Obstruction of Intersection Code 09” and I honestly don’t agree or understand what I’m suppose to do in the situation when I got the ticket. I’m from South Carolina and I’m new to this traffic. The vehicle in front of me was going a slow but steady pace and then and immediate stop and everyone of course behind me and beside me came to a stand still as well. And yes we were stuck on the intersection. How are we suppose to avoid that? Is it really our fault that the vehicles stopped at an inopportune time because of the traffic in front of them? I’m confused on what was expected of us and if I could appeal this $115 ticket.

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    • Matthew Weiss
      August 1, 2017 5:59 am

      Thomas,

      It does not sound like you have much of a defense. The law is NY is that you cannot enter an intersection unless and until there is enough space beyond the far crosswalk to accommodate your entire vehicle. Fortunately, this ticket is a 0-point ticket that will not affect your insurance rates.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Hi, I received a ticket for parking 2 feet in front of a fire hydrant but there was a protected bike lane between my car and the curb. According to my research that should not be a violation so Im going to fight it (I took pictures). Have you heard of people getting good results using the online system or do you think it’s best to do it in person? Also, the car is registered in my domestic partner’s name so does she need to be there if I do it in person? Thanks!

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    • Matthew Weiss
      July 31, 2017 9:50 am

      Brian R,

      I think you’d be best to fight it in person, and that your domestic partner should appear too. Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Dear Matthew Weiss,

    I received a ticket for violation of rule 4-08c. This is in front of a school and the posted sign says no standing school days 8am-4pm. Can I still get a ticket parking because of alternate side parking rules, during the summer? I received this ticket July 25, 2017.

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    • Matthew Weiss
      July 28, 2017 10:14 am

      Jose Arias,

      If school was not in session, it sounds likes you have a strong defense

      Matthew Weiss

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      • Does the ticket have to say what the posted sign says because he just wrote “no standing-days/hrs-all days/7am-5pm. The officer didn’t specify that posted sign also said school days only.

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  • I got two parking tickets for parking on a street on July 3rd long weekend. The sign board was placed on a building where some construction was going on and it looked like the board was meant for no parking in front of that construction zone. so we parked two buildings away from that. But when we came back there were two parking tickets , one was for no parking and another was for no standing . Can we beat this or at least one of them?

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    • Matthew Weiss
      July 26, 2017 1:06 am

      Anupam,

      Your description is not clear but, from what you write, I doubt that you will win either of these tickets.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Hello,

    I received a parking ticket VC 3 1
    in violation section 4-08 (I) (3) (ii)

    I paid for meter parking. The signs must of been different on the opposite sides of the street.

    The cost is $115.00. It seems costly. Is this accurate?

    Thanks for any help!

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  • Hello, I parked in a street that was commercial parking only 7 am – 5 pm EXCEPT SUNDAY. And of course I parked on a Sunday. And the traffic agent put a ticket on my car stating a rule that is incorrect (it says commercial parking only – ALL days). I even took pictures of the sign right in front of my car that clearly says except Sunday

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  • Hello,
    I received a parking violation (NYC) ticket section 4-08(e)(12) for obstructing traffic at intersection. It was given by a traffic agent. Traffic was moving slowly and Traffic stopped for 3-5 seconds when the traffic agent approached my car. My car was almost out of the way. Do I get points added to my license record?

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    • Matthew Weiss
      July 22, 2017 7:25 am

      Sam,

      Good news! You do not get points for such a ticket when issued by a traffic agent.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Hello,
    I received a parking violation (NYC) ticket section 4-08(e)(12) for obstructing traffic at intersection. It was given by a traffic agent. Do I get points added to my license record?

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    • Matthew Weiss
      July 22, 2017 7:25 am

      Chris,

      Good news! You will NOT get points from such a ticket when it is issued by a traffic agent (as opposed to a police officer).

      Matthew Weiss

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  • JAIR GUARDIA
    July 21, 2017 6:15 pm

    Hello, I received a ticket while approaching my car after leaving it parked for an hour and a half in commercial parking zone. As I arrived to my car moments before the parking patrol arrived, the two parking enforcers walked around my car as I was already inside. I was ready to leave when the lady knocked on my window and handed me the ticket. I not only paid to park for 2 hours but before I parked, two police vehicles parked behind me. Two officers got out, said hello, and smiled at me as I paid for my parking. Any chance I could fight it? Thank you for your time.

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    • Matthew Weiss
      July 21, 2017 6:42 pm

      JAIR GUARDIA,

      You cannot park a passenger car in a commercial parking zone during the restricted hours. Therefore, your payment is unavailing.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Ilya Bosinzon
    July 19, 2017 4:44 pm

    I got a double parking ticket section 4-08(f)(1). I was dropping off my wife and toddler child near a restaurant, which offered its guests complimentary parking in a lot about a block away. I had to quickly run out of my vehicle to get the parking pass from the manager as per restaurant policy (I was out of the car for about 45 seconds total), while my wife and child were still in the car, waiting for me to return. I have pictures of the parking pass, and restaurant sign, offering free parking. Do I 1. have a shot at beating this and 2. Should I bother to try and fight it in person or can I submit an explanation online to the judge with relevant pictures, etc.?

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    • Matthew Weiss
      July 19, 2017 11:12 pm

      Ilya Bosinzon,

      1. have a shot at beating this? Yes.

      2. Should I bother to try and fight it in person or can I submit an explanation online to the judge with relevant pictures, etc.? Go in person.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • I got a parking ticket for obstructing a driveway, and I got towed. The night I parked my car the woman who lived in the residence of said driveway actually helped me parallell my car. The residence is in queens and has what I call a “concrete lawn” that if no cars are parked in, is not obvious is a driveway, bc the curb cut is not obvious at all, especially at night, or else i definitely would not have parked there. The next morning when I went to get my car it was gone. I asked the lady who lives there why, and they said I was blocking there driveway. I was dumbfounded. I asked her why she helped me park there and she said she didn’t think I was staying long. Now in the broad day light you can see a slight dip in the curb, but I asked two NYPD and they told me the house is a parking trap and never to park there. There is no fence, paint, or sign or anything that makes it clear where their driveway ends or begins. What should I do. I have a $95 ticket. Also I don’t ha e the money to pay if I do llead guilty. Should I go talk to them? Will they work with me?

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    • Matthew Weiss
      July 19, 2017 11:11 pm

      Amanda,

      Your only options are to fight it or plead guilty. You should to expect any sympathy.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • I got a ticket for “unsafe backing.” I backing out of my driveway, but driving my boyfriend’s car and he was in the passenger seat. I dinged a parked car (the older gentleman was not in it) and left a tiny dent in this 2006 Chevy. To be safe, the older gentlemen called the cops to create a record, which I was fine with. The cops showed up and then he gave me a ticket for “unsafe backing.” Can I fight this in court because the cop was not there to see the “accident” happen?

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    • Matthew Weiss
      July 19, 2017 11:10 pm

      SL,

      Yes, the officer’s failure to observe the incident or alleged offense is a strong defense.

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

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  • I got a ticket for parking in a only authorized vehicle school zone from 7am-4pm on July 13, 2017 but school kids are out for the summer. How am I to know that the school is having a summer program? Can I fight and beat this ticket? The parking ticket officer put down that you can’t park there all days when it states Mon-Fri. Can I beat it for that as well? Thanks!

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    • Matthew Weiss
      July 14, 2017 5:05 pm

      Hernan,

      Nothing that you write suggests to me that you can beat this ticket.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Hi,
    Thank you for taking your time to answer all these questions.
    I got a hand written ticket for blocking a driveway.
    1) My car was an inconvenience to make an easy turn from the driveway, but I was not blocking. I have pictures taken in AM after I got my ticket.
    2) Officer did not fill out “county” portion of the ticket.
    What is the best way to try to fight this ticket?
    Thanks!
    Val

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    • Matthew Weiss
      July 6, 2017 10:00 pm

      Val Pankov,

      Answers in bold below:

      1) My car was an inconvenience to make an easy turn from the driveway, but I was not blocking. I have pictures taken in AM after I got my ticket. Sounds like you were blocking, in part, the driveway even if it was not fully blocked. This is a violation.

      2) Officer did not fill out “county” portion of the ticket. This does not render your ticket fatally defective.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Harris Bloom
    July 6, 2017 2:46 pm

    Hi!

    What if I get a ticket for an expired registration but I have the new one in the glove compartment? (I know, I’m an idiot) – Any way to fight that?

    Reply
    • Matthew Weiss
      July 6, 2017 7:05 pm

      Harris Bloom,

      You can try and fight this based on being properly registered. You may win (but it depends under which section you are charged … failure to display or expired registration).

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

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    • im in the same position as you. what was the outcome?

      Reply
  • Anupam Bajpai
    July 5, 2017 1:22 pm

    can i Dispute a parking Ticket §4-08(k)(2) in NYC on july 3 as weekend holiday

    Reply
    • Matthew Weiss
      July 6, 2017 12:35 pm

      Anupam Bajpai,

      July 3rd this year was not on a weekend or national holiday. Sorry.

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • Joanna Greenberg
    August 14, 2016 10:26 pm

    If I got a ticket (in Nyc) but the state (license plate) was omitted (they did not bubble in Or specify a state) is this reason to fight for omission of required element? Please advise.

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Joanna Greenberg,

      This not one of the mandatory elements. However, I cannot imagine how the PVB could determine to who this ticket belongs without state of licensure (assuming you were driving an out-of-state vehicle).

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • Bernard tyler
    August 13, 2016 4:16 am

    Matthew Weiss

    I Got Ticket so please Tell what to do Next Step ? Please
    Thanks

    Bernard Tyler
    Blocked Driveway Towing Services in NY

    Reply
    • Bernard Tyler,

      I’m sorry to hear about your ticket. Your only options are to plead guilty or not guilty. If you plead not guilty, then you will need a good argument to win. Try re-reading this post to check if there are any substantial errors or omissions in your ticket.

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • Can A Summons Be DISMISSED because of an incorrect check digit?

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  • Hi, I received a parking ticket for parking during street cleaning hours. However, the writing on the ticket is very light; this was handwritten as opposed to other tickets I’ve seen. The 8’s and 5’s look very similar because the diagonal line is either hard to see or not there. Do I have a chance to fight it?

    Thanks!

    Reply

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