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.
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.