Fighting Parking Tickets

Best Way to Beat Parking Tickets in New York for Free

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You know that sinking feeling you get when you see something tucked beneath your wiper blade? As you walk closer, you hope that it’s an ad for some crappy concert or even someone leaving you a smug note. But as you draw nearer, you see that it’s exactly what you feared: a parking ticket.

In New York City, about ten million parking tickets are issued every year. Take a look at this map to see where they are given in the biggest numbers. Tickets in Manhattan will cost you the most, but tickets anywhere in the city are incredibly annoying and quite costly. At the low end, you’ll pay $35 for a parking citation in New York City, but the worst ticket will cost you $515, according to city data.

When you get a ticket, your first thought should be, “How can I fight this?” Fortunately, there are several circumstances that will allow you to successfully contest a parking ticket in NYC. Here are the top situations:

Lack of Grace

If you received a ticket for an expired parking meter, check the time that the meter expired and the time that the ticket was issued. Meter maids are supposed to give drivers a five-minute grace period to refill their meters or move their cars. If they didn’t wait five minutes, you could successfully contest your ticket.

Defective

A ticket is considered “defective” if it is missing information or if it has incorrect information. So if the issuing officer copied down your license plate number incorrectly or recorded the address wrong, that’s enough to make your ticket contestable.

Overlooked Disability

Sometimes valid parking permits for people with disabilities are simply overlooked by officers issuing tickets. If you were legally parked in a handicap parking space but got a ticket anyway, you can absolutely contest that ticket.

Broken Meters

If the closest muni meter to your parking spot is broken, then you’re supposed to pay at the next available one on the block. If all the muni meters on your block are broken, then you get to park for free for up to the specified allowable amount of time. If you were in this situation and got a ticket, you can contest that.

Missing or Broken Parking Signs

If you checked everywhere for parking signs and couldn’t find any, then came back to a ticket, you probably have a case for contesting your ticket. The city needs to clearly mark the rules for parking on any given street. If they fail to do so, you shouldn’t be at fault.

If any of these situations apply to you, or if you have another reason why you think your citation isn’t valid, you can contest your ticket by filing for a hearing either online, by mail, or in person. If you receive a hearing, you will have to make your case before a judge at an assigned time.

That’s option number one. Option number two is much better: use WinIt.

WinIt is a free app that lets you take a picture of your ticket and send it in for review. The nice folks at WinIt will assess your ticket and do everything they can to contest it on your behalf. Sending in your ticket takes just moments, and it’s totally free. You’ll only pay a small fee out of the money you win back if WinIt successfully contests your ticket.
Give it a try today. You’ve got nothing to lose but your ticket!

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New Yorkers Paying $550M in Parking Ticket Every Year.

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New Yorkers pay about $550 million in parking tickets every year. That amounts to about 10 million individual citations, the most of any city in the country.

When you think about how few people actually own and drive their own cars in New York City, that’s a huge burden being placed on each driver (a fact you’re probably already well aware of if you’re one of those drivers).

Even if you get just one parking ticket per year in NYC, that ticket could cost you up to $515. Most tickets will run you between $65 and $115, and they can be nearly impossible to avoid if you drive your car regularly. Arriving just five minutes late to refill your meter will land you a $65 ticket. If you accidentally park in a commercial zone, that’s $115 out of your pocket.

The costs of parking in the city are downright unfair, and when you do get stuck with a ticket, you have very little recourse. Contesting a parking ticket in NYC is a terribly annoying process which includes filing a request for a hearing within 30 days of receiving the ticket. Then you have to actually go to court and make your case before a judge. This is a huge hassle that can cost many New Yorkers even more money due to the work they miss. And keep in mind that if the process isn’t resolved before your ticket is due — even if you filed within 30 days — you’ll also be subject to late fees.

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Fortunately, now there is a better way.

By far the easiest way to contest a parking ticket in New York City is with WinIt, a free app. Just download the app to your phone and enter your license plate number. Completely free of charge, the people at WinIt will do everything they can to contest your ticket for you. When all is said and done, you’ll only owe WinIt a small fee if you win back the money from your citation.

WinIt can also monitor your license plate for you and alert you when you get a new ticket. This lets you take action right away and does away with the problem of lost tickets.
WinIt has already saved NYC drivers over $1,500,000 in parking citations. There’s absolutely no risk to try WinIt. You’ll save time and stress, and you could win back a lot of money. Download the app and give it a try today.

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You Lose an Average of $100 a Year in Parking Tickets

Parking tickets are big business in America. Cities across the country rely on the money they make from parking meters and parking tickets to supplement their budgets. That means that meter maids in big cities tend to be rather overzealous. Indeed, the citizens of New York City are expected to shell out about $550 million in parking fines this year alone.

Have you ever sat down and calculated how much money you waste in parking tickets? If you’re like the average New Yorker, it’s a disturbingly high amount.

Let’s do the math, keeping our focus on New York. New York State has about 11.3 million licensed drivers. So if we divide $550 million in tickets by all of the licensed drivers, that amounts to nearly $50 in parking fees per driver, per year.

But of course, we all know that a lot of those licensed drivers aren’t actually driving cars in NYC. In fact, NYC is at the top of the list for US cities without household cars. About 56% of NYC households don’t have a car.

So let’s recalculate. If we cut the number of licensed drivers who are actually driving in NYC in half, that means New York City drivers are paying about $100 a year in parking tickets.

Worse still, a single parking ticket in the city can cost you up to $515. Many violations currently weigh in at $115, and the lowest fee you’re looking at for an NYC parking violation is $35, according to the city.

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Empire State Building as seen from Top of the Rock (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So what can you do to avoid the hefty costs of parking in NYC? The first step, of course, is to be extremely, perhaps even overzealously vigilant about following parking signs and meters. But when that falls short (as it inevitably does), you can try to contest your ticket.

Contesting a parking ticket in NYC used to mean requesting a hearing and taking time out of your busy life to go to court and make your case. Now you can use WinIt, a free app, to contest your ticket instead. Simply download the app and enter your license plate number. That’s all there is to it. The good people at WinIt will assess any parking tickets tied to your car, figure out if you have a case, and handle your hearing for you. The whole process is free. You only pay a small fee out of what you win back if WinIt is able to successfully contest your ticket.
Download the WinIt app today to save yourself time, stress, and money.

Parking Signs

5 of the Most Confusing Parking Signs Ever

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You’ve found the perfect parking spot right in front of the restaurant you’re heading to. You can’t believe your luck, until you check the parking signs. After ten minutes of reading and re-reading, you still have no idea if you’re allowed to park where you are. And in the time you spent desperately trying to decipher the sign, a meter maid snuck up behind you and gave you a ticket.

Indecipherable parking signs are among the most frustrating invention known to mankind. Here are five of the craziest parking signs we’ve ever seen:

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Oh good, you can park here for an hour if it’s between 9am and 4pm. Except you can’t park here at any time of the day and night. Yes, those bottom signs are temporary, but couldn’t the people in charge have placed them over the usual parking signs? And couldn’t they find a single sign that said no parking any time? If you accidentally park here during that fateful 6pm to 10pm window, will you end up with two separate tickets? Madness.

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Is it supposed to be convenient that if you’re a resident with a permit, you can park on one side of this street from 11pm to 8am? Only serious workaholics can take advantage of a schedule like that. And what’s with the white boxes over the arrows? It seems like someone messed with this sign for their own dastardly enjoyment.

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Imagine showing up at this parking spot at 9am. Leaving your car here between 8am and 10am without a permit is like playing a game of parking Russian roulette.

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This one is just plain mean. Whoever set this sign up has a sick sense of humor.

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The awful thing about this set of signs is that you know there is a time that you can park here legally. There must be! Otherwise the sign would just say “No Parking Any Time.” But how can you possibly figure out when you’re safe? The signs certainly aren’t going to help you. No one can.

If you live under the reign of terrible parking signs, rest assured that you have an ally in WinIt. WinIt is a free app that lets you contest parking tickets in New York City (and soon many other cities) at no cost or risk to yourself. Simply sign up for the app and enter your license plate number. The nice people at WinIt will monitor your plate for any new or existing tickets and do everything they can to contest your tickets on your behalf.

There’s no risk to try WinIt. You’ll just pay a small fee out of your returned parking fine if you win your case. Plus, even if you lose, you’ll have an additional 30 days to pay your ticket, so it’s win-win.

As long as you have the app, WinIt will monitor your license plate number for you, so if you get a ticket that blows away or gets lost, they’ll send you a notification about your ticket as soon as it’s written. No more phantom tickets that start accruing late fees out of nowhere.
When you get a parking ticket, don’t lament the unfairness of the world. Instead, get WinIt to start your fight. You’ve got nothing to lose.

 

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4 Parking Ticket Scams to Watch Out For

Parking ticket scams come in two primary forms — city parking officials issuing tickets that they know aren’t valid, and people pretending to be city officials claiming you have an overdue ticket. WinIt can help you avoid both types of scam and keep your hard earned money in your pocket. Here are some of the most common scams that drivers face:

1. Meter maids writing tickets before your meter actually expires.

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English: A car with a parking ticket in Tel Aviv (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a big one. It’s easy to imagine a busy meter maid standing over your meter, waiting for the time to run out. What’s the big deal if they write the ticket a minute or two before the time actually runs out? The “big deal” is that those tickets aren’t valid. In fact, in New York City you’re entitled to a five minute grace period after your meter expires. So if you get a ticket a few minutes before you’re supposed to, we can help you fight it.

2. Getting ticketed based on parking signs that are hidden.

An Area G parking sign in Berkeley, California.
An Area G parking sign in Berkeley, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You can’t reasonably be expected to notice a parking sign hidden behind an overgrown tree or bush. If you get a ticket on a street where the parking signs are difficult to see, you’ve got a valid case for fighting your ticket. The same goes for parking signs that are missing or graffitied in a way that makes them unreadable.

3. Getting ticketed when you were legally loading or unloading your car.

Loading zones are tricky. Sometimes parking officers will claim that you weren’t actively unloading your car because it was sitting unattended in a loading zone. But if you’re dropping something off at a building by yourself, you have to actually go into the building to complete that task. You shouldn’t be punished because you didn’t have someone who could come out to meet you at your car. That’s absurd.

4. Getting an email late notice for a parking ticket you never received.

This is a common scam that has nothing to do with city governments. If you ever get an email that claims you have an overdue parking ticket, don’t trust it. Don’t delete it, either. Instead, you can download the WinIt app and check your license plate number to see if you have any outstanding tickets. As long as you have the app installed, you’ll get notifications any time a (real) ticket is written for your car in the city of New York.

Whether you think your parking ticket was a scam or just bad luck, you can try to fight it at no risk with WinIt. Simply download the free app, enter your license plate number, and we’ll get to work contesting any parking tickets associated with your car on your behalf. You won’t owe us a dime unless we win your case, in which case we only take a small fee out of your returned parking fine. WinIt saves you the hassle of going to court, helps you avoid late fees, and can save you hundreds of dollars. WinIt users have already avoided paying over $1,500,000 in parking fines. Try it today risk free.