Parking Tickets

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

Parking Tickets

English: Looking south from Top of the Rock, N...

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.

English: Parking meter

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.

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

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.

Empire State Building as seen from Top of the Rock
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.

4 Parking Ticket Scams to Watch Out For

Parking Tickets

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.

English: A car with a parking ticket in Tel Aviv
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.