City blitzes Downtown with tickets

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Drivers on Livingston Street were blanketed with tickets and some had their vehicles towed after the city changed parking regulations overnight, yet left parking meters in place with no notices that they were no longer in operation.

Signage stating the new regulations — no parking or standing from 7 am to 7 pm, Monday through Friday — was installed on the north side of Livingston between Court and Flatbush avenues, but many motorists ignored the subtly altered signs and fed the existing parking meters anyway.

“This is foul,” said motorist Kareem Tyree, who received a ticket and barely missed being towed. “How do you give a ticket [when] they still have meters here? It makes no sense.”

City officials say there is a good reason for the change in signage.

“The Department of Transportation studied the area last year for opportunities to reconfigure the street to improve mobility for buses,” said an agency spokeswoman. “As part of the project, we will install painted bus lanes with expanded hours.”

The old regulations restricted parking or standing on the north side (westbound traffic) from 7-10 am. Metered parking is now available on the north side weekday nights and weekends.

Business owners on the strip said the city needs to better inform the public.

“They have made it a ‘No Standing’ zone just like that,” said Peter Sperry, owner of Trophy World on Livingston Street between Boerum Place and Smith Street. “I’ve already had four customers have their cars towed without the benefit of being told about the new regulations if that is what they are.”

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Dee from Crooklyn says:
I call bullcrap on this. Where the hell are we supposed to park now? Every dam street is no standing or parking or a friggin bike lane. Those privately owned parking garages are ripoffs as is the city. This administration is trying to force us to take public transportation like the mayor's gay aszz.
June 1, 2010, 3:01 pm
Paco from Cobble Hill says:
Dee, bike lanes usually don't affect parking. They're usually just adjacent to parking. regardless, I agree it's a shame that DOT posted no notices on the meters, however policies that encourage more use of mass transportation are good. They benefit those who drive by reducing the amount of other cars on the road, and more importantly cater to the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers who do not actually own cars. (Manhattan's non-ownership is even higher - around 75%)
June 1, 2010, 5:48 pm
lawrence berezin from NYC says:
Mr. Witt
Important article. Another example of bad behavior of parking ticket warriors and others in enforcing an overnight change in parking regulations.

You may wish to pass along to your readers, that there is a new law giving the driving public relief from the overnight change and tickets revenue raiser.

Here's a copy of the City Council press release

In conjunction with various parking meter changes being made by the Department of Transportation (DOT) throughout the City, the Council will require DOT to provide 30 days written notice when changes to parking meter rates or parking meter types are made. Specifically, DOT will now be required to notify communities through regular mail, electronic mail, and through DOT’s website. Parking meter changes include increasing meter rates, implementing new “Park Smart” pilot programs, and replacing single coin meters with muni-meters. Many times, these changes are made with little or no notice to the community affected by the change. This local legislation would take effect immediately after enacted into law.

'Local communities are going to get the heads up they deserve when it comes to how some of the rules of the road are changed by the Department of Transportation,' said Council Member Vincent Gentile. 'When rates change on meters, for example, drivers won’t find out with an orange ticket on their windshield – they’ll know it’s coming long beforehand. Thank you to Speaker Quinn for making addressing the concerns of drivers a priority by supporting this bill.' "

The effective date is March 21, 2010.

The new law permits any member of the driving public who is issued a parking ticket, to fight the parking ticket in traffic court within five (5) days of the change in regulations.

I hope this empowers your readers to take action against this injustice.
Good luck.
June 2, 2010, 10:36 am

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