• May 21, 2013


In what has to be one of the lowest moves in parking-enforcement history, New York City ticketed half a dozen cars that had been legally parked only moments before. The difference? The city changed the signs out from under drivers.

Transportation crews came through to change the signs on West 15th and Seventh Avenue for a new bike-share program in the city. When these cars parked they were legal, but after the 'alternate side, Monday and Thursday' signs became 'No Standing Anytime' they were ripe for parking enforcement.

Twenty-five minutes later officers showed up and started dispensing $115 tickets. The only warning drivers received was a paper notice warning cars would be towed if not out by 6 p.m., but this sign shuffle happened 6 hours before that. Drivers and observers told CBS New York that it happened so fast, they felt it was unfair. Drivers can challenge the tickets in court.



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      nomad1
      • 1 Year Ago
      hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha scamming of America. but? I bet the city warned drivers also before the signage was to be placed. just no one "paid"attention to the notices. : ) if they did not send out a notice or a mailer or have a news clip to tell the people prior to putting up the sign then that is one crooked city/police force/court system,mayor,governor. just one question are the bikers charged the same fees/taxes for licenses/permits to ride on/use the road. I mean if drivers are charged to drive on the road then bike riders should pay the same price when expecting use of the road taxes pay to maintain as evident by the crew putting up these signs. sounds like a great reason for a class action suit against new York city enforcing tickets/road taxes/license fees/permit fees. : )
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don't care
      ectullis
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wonder why it took them so long
      merkjones
      • 1 Year Ago
      Actually I had that happen to me. I went to the hospital to visit my husband. I parked in a legal parking area along the curb. I came out 1/2 hour later and had a ticket. I notice a NEW SIGN of NO PARKING I forget the reason. I called the Trenton NJ DOT and spoke to the head guy there. I told him what happen and asked what they can do. He did say he can send me paper work showing the sign change. BUT The ticket is only a $5.00 ticket. The DOT will charge you $15.00 for giving you the copies and documents you need. I figured OK. If it was some BIG $ amount ticket I would fight it. I just sent in the $5.00 and it was over and done. I still think the DOT should have put some type of notice on my windshield just in case an officer did come after the sign change. BUT YES it can happen. $115.00 ticket!! I would be screaming. My ticket was only $5.00. YOU NEED TO MAKE SOME PHONE CALLS....I can't see a judge allowing this ticket to stand. The sign change is documented for this fellow.
      Dad
      • 1 Year Ago
      My wife was dropping her dying aunt off Sloane Kettering Cancer Hospital and she was ticketed and after appealing we had to pay the summonse plus a penalty.Her aunt passed away a week later. NYC has no mercy. They'll have to pay.
      mikersales
      • 1 Year Ago
      NYC has always been crooked, but this is ugly. SUE THEM!!!
      nsheats
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why is anyone amazed. You are responsible for putting the politicians who support these idiotic moves in office,
        barryaclarke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nsheats
        And what is even more amazing is these same people will vote for them again....dah...........
      Denisehazemail
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's messed up and hopefully someone in a higher authority will correct the injustice, the video alone puts shame on them.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Denisehazemail
        But you still have to go to pound to pay cash before you can rescue your vehicle.
      ibe1grump
      • 1 Year Ago
      All, or most, of the cities are broke. The States are broke. The United States is broke. Get used to it. Move on. Nothing to see here.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cops in Denver, Colorado did that a few years ago. The cops were writing up parking tickets while the sign guys were switching out the signs. Don't be so naive as to think it's not deliberate and coordinated.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Challenge Hell! NYC should know better than to even pull that ****, the cars should have remained as is until they moved according to the prior sign. That would suck, park your car legal only to come out late and find the sign had been changed and now you owe the man.
      gdmn2find
      • 1 Year Ago
      LOL if Wiener wants to be Mayor of NYC, all he has to do is promise to fire 50% of the parking enforcement detail. Forget about providing each student a Kindle, how are you going to pay for that Dick? This is a perfect example of why you never vote liberals in office. they spend too much and then have to find ways to get more money to pay the bills. Either taxes or fines seems to be the best way to get revenue. Unfortunately, the realization that they spent too much doesn't do anything to change their spending habits. As long as they have people willing to vote them in.
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