Parking ticket
May 12, 2006 5:46 AM   Subscribe

I just got a ticket for parking at a commercial meter in NYC. Can I leave the car there for the rest of the day or do I need to move it?
posted by MrMulan to Travel & Transportation around New York, NY (13 answers total)
sorry, don't know about nyc, but I always leave an old ticket on my long as it looks fresh i've gone for stl btw
posted by killyb at 5:53 AM on May 12, 2006

My experience is that they'll keep giving you tickets. I've passed many multi-ticketed cars in NYC.
posted by mikepop at 5:55 AM on May 12, 2006

It's a ticket, not a parking pass. They'll ticket you again in a couple of hours.
posted by bshort at 6:20 AM on May 12, 2006

In many places, the car will eventually be towed and impounded.
posted by Thorzdad at 6:24 AM on May 12, 2006

Move it. Getting your car out of the impound lot is expensive and a drag. They will tow it.
posted by miniape at 6:36 AM on May 12, 2006

I'd move it. I'm not normally that cautious, but I've had to walk cross-town to the port authority and pay $185, so I might be extra wary because of it.
posted by horsemuth at 7:01 AM on May 12, 2006

Response by poster: It's moved.
posted by MrMulan at 7:18 AM on May 12, 2006

This makes me wonder: What rules stop a ticket cop from standing there, writing ticket after ticket, until you move your car?
Is there a window of time in which they can't write a new ticket?
posted by Corpus Callosum at 9:14 AM on May 12, 2006 [1 favorite]

Corpus, I've been told, by a parking police person, there is no written rule, but generally they won't write them faster than one per hour.
posted by miniape at 10:26 AM on May 12, 2006

Corpus, it might depend on jurisdiction. I was told by a meter maid in Halifax, Nova Scotia that they could write one every hour.
posted by joannemerriam at 10:54 AM on May 12, 2006

In NYC, we used to have the fact that tickets were written out by hand on our side, but as of our last parking violation, it appears that hand-scanners are being used and it's become ridiculously easy. On the plus side, the tickets are legible. However, if the rumored ticket-quotas are true, this could mean a lot of ticket agents standing around eating their doughnuts near naughty cars and just scanning again and again. In short, I'd move the danged car.
posted by eve harrington at 11:42 AM on May 12, 2006

They can and will issue multiple tickets. It depends on the metermaids-- some will, some won't. It's even tricker if you were to reach your car, just as a metermaid pulls into read the license plate, some might lecture to pull a powertrip but let you off. There are others who will finish the ticket and hand you one anyway.

I have some complaints of my own about these type of incidents. How far can they go with these tickets?

A few months ago, I had not only already pulled out of a spot, but was already 10 ft away and was driving away when the cop reached me and gave me a ticket. He stopped me and announced that I can wait and take the ticket, or receive one in the mail. I appealed in writing, but as it was my word against a cop, writing was insufficent;I was summoned to a hearing. Of course, the hearing is set for a time when I can't conveniently make it. Hours of my time for a $120 ticket. Just paid it. As to if this type of ticket issuing behaivor reasonable... it isn't, but it happens anyway.
posted by MD06 at 1:33 PM on May 13, 2006

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