NYC Parking Law Change for Broken Parking Meters
I am frequently asked the following question about parking in a space controlled by a broken NYC parking meter:
How long can I park when the meter is broken?
I am happy to report that Mayor Bloomberg signed a bill last year that took effect on March 1, 2009 permitting you to park at a broken NYC parking meter for as long as you would normally be able to park if the meter were working. This is a departure from the "old NYC parking meter law," which only allowed parking at a broken meter for one hour
What should I do when I learn the meter is broken?
Call 311. The DOT field inspectors will make the necessary repairs; and the information will be entered into the DOT computerized system
What should I do if I still get a NYC parking ticket?
- Plead NOT GUILTY
- Check "Broken Meter" in the third box at the bottom of the back of the ticket. This is an administrative claim, not a requrest for a hearing
- Send the ticket, by certified mail, return receipt requested to:
- NYC Department of Finance Meter Unit
What should I do if my parking meter claim is denied?
- P.O. Box 29021
- Cadman Plaza Station
- Brooklyn, NY 11202-9021
If your meter claim is valid, the ticket will be dismissed. If your
claim is denied, you can still request a hearing on the ticket.
Did you know about the change? Have you received any parking tickets after March 1, 2009 citing the old law?
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