Monday, March 16, 2015

Most parking tickets now fought online

From CBS New York:

Technology is a two-way street when it comes to parking violations in New York City.

As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported, high-tech tools allow the city to write more and more tickets. But they also make fighting a ticket you think is unfair a little easier.

At New York City Parking Court, the waiting room is often mostly empty these days, and the hearing rooms are hardly ever crowded. Like so much of life, the process of fighting a parking ticket has moved online.

“On the Web is probably one of the easiest and most efficient ways to have it,” said Kevin Timoney of the New York City Department of Finance.

Timoney said about 50 percent of ticket adjudications now take place online, with a system that makes it easy to upload evidence to argue your case. For instance, a scan of a Muni-Meter receipt or a picture of a parking sign may easily be uploaded.

Everything will be reviewed by an administrative law judge sworn to be impartial.

“Take as many pictures – overkill is better than underkill,” said Administrative Law Judge Frank Reyes. “Submit as many items as you think is necessary.”

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