Friday, February 28, 2014
Despite Alternate Side Parking regulations being suspended for inclement weather throughout this winter, the number of parking tickets being issued actually increased in three NYC boroughs over 2013.
According to the New York Post, although tickets were down 2.4% citywide, they are up in Queens, Brooklyn, and The Bronx. Tickets increased 8.4% in the Bronx, while Manhattan saw a drop of 16%. When asked about the statistics, the NYPD did not respond.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
A federal judge in St. Louis ruled that flashing your high beams to warn other drivers of an upcoming speed trap is a protected form of free speech.
In 2012 Michael Elli received a $1000 ticket for flashing his lights to warn drivers of a speed trap, which was a violation of an Ellisville, MO ordinance.
United States District Court Judge Henry E. Autrey ruled Monday that Ellisville's "ordinance forbidding any sort of flashing of lights by vehicles other than buses directly contradicts Missouri Department of Revenue (which licenses vehicles in the state) advice that lights should be flashed to signal emergencies. More importantly, people have the right to communicate with each other on the road."
Defendant suggested that flashing head lamps might be illegal interference with a police investigation; however, the expressive conduct at issue sends a message to bring one’s driving in conformity with the law—whether it be by slowing down, turning on one’s own headlamps at dusk or in the rain, or proceeding with caution... Even assuming, arguendo, that Plaintiff or another driver is communicating a message that one should slow down because a speed trap is ahead and discovery or apprehension is impending, that conduct is not illegal.
Elli is represented by the ACLU of Missouri. The group aims to have the injunction made permanent.
Friday, January 10, 2014
- Ticket agents in the East Village handed out tickets to vehicles trapped in ice due to a water main break: via Daily News
- Staten Island infrastructure projects continue to create parking woes for residents in St. George: via SILive.com
- The 2014 Alternate Side Parking Calendar is available here.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The NYC Department of Transportation announced that the Nostrand- Rogers Avenue Select Bus Service is set to begin Sunday, November 17. The new service will bring major changes to the parking and traffic regulations on Nostrand and Rogers Avenues.
According to the DOT's website, the following changes will go into effect:
- Parking regulations will change on Nostrand and Rogers Avenues in early 2013. No Standing regulations will move to the left side of Nostrand and Rogers Avenues.
- Rush hour No Standing zones will be relocated from the right to the left side of the street, and will be in effect during both morning and evening rush hours.
- Parking will now be allowed on the right side during rush hours.
- Regulations will be modified for special conditions between Eastern Parkway and Empire Boulevard, and on Rogers Avenue between Avenue D and Beverley Road.
- Offset bus lanes, which will be installed between Flushing Avenue and Farragut Road.
- The lanes will run southbound on Nostrand Avenue and northbound on Rogers and Bedford Avenues. These bus lanes will be in effect from 7 am to 7 pm on weekdays, and open to general traffic overnight and all weekend.
- Lanes will run in both directions on Nostrand Avenue between Avenue X and Emmons Avenue. The northbound lanes will be in effect during morning rush hours and southbound lanes during evening rush hours. The lanes will be open to general traffic at all other times.
- Bus bulbs, which will be installed on Nostrand Avenue between DeKalb and Church Avenues, and on Rogers and Bedford Avenues between Church Avenue and Lafayette Avenue.
- Transit signal priority for buses, which will be in effect between Flatbush and Emmons Avenues.
Monday, October 7, 2013
According to the Daily News, the Washington- based TRIP research group found that 51% of the NY Metro area are in poor condition. New York ranked sixth worst in urban regions with over 500,00 people, and it's costing drivers an average of $673 per year in extra maintenance. Los Angeles had the worst roads, and most expensive maintenance for drivers ($832/ year).
TRIP concluded that the US faces a $156 billion shortfall in the amount needed to maintain roadways in their current condition, (and) a $374 billion shortfall to make modest improvements in pavement conditions."
The top ten worst urban area roads are:
- Los Angeles- 64% poor
- San Francisco- 60 %
- San Jose- 56%
- San Diego- 55%
- Tuscon- 53%
- NYC- 51%
- Bridgeport- 51%
- Milwaukee- 48%
- New Orleans- 47%
- Oklahoma City- 47%
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
|Courtesy of the NY Post|
Each year, NYC releases data on the worst parking ticket scofflaws in the city. Ordinarily the list is comprised solely of businesses with large numbers of vehicles; however, this year's list includes two individuals with over $175,000 in violations each.
According to the NY Post, neither man could be located at the addresses on file with the Department of Finance. While neighbors sided with the drivers, citing confusing parking signs near the local school, Finance Commissioner David Frankel was unsympathetic.
“It is outrageous that a few New Yorkers cheat their fellow citizens,’’ he said in a written statement. “We will protect the overwhelming majority of those who do the right thing, to go after the few who try to skirt the system.”
Ticket agents issued approximately 7.4 million tickets worth $466 million in revenue, $46 million less than the previous fiscal year. The large difference is being attributed to the extended parking holidays in effect after Superstorm Sandy.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
During the summer, NYC expanded its vehicle booting program to include all five boroughs. Drivers with over $350 in judgment parking tickets are at risk of being booted. The city hopes the boots will encourage faster payments and will be less of a hassle than towing vehicles.
“Our goal is to collect money that is owed to the city of New York and we will aggressively track down every dollar we can, but that does not mean we have to inconvenience people at the same time,” Finance Commissioner David Frankel told the NY Post.
“Booting is cheaper, faster and vastly more convenient than towing. You know where your car is, you have access to your possessions inside the car and you can pay your fines and be back on the road and going about your business in just minutes,” he added.
Instructions for having a boot removed from your vehicle can be found here. Once removed, the device must be returned within 24 hours to avoid late fees.
Of course, the best way to avoid being booted is to not let your parking tickets go into judgment! If you are a commercial driver and receiving NYC tickets, contact us to learn how we can help you save time and money.