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New York, NY - Greenfield’s Law Allowing Pre-Payment Of Muni-Meters Goes Into Effect

Published on: June 21, 2015 10:34 AM
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New York, NY - Councilman David G. Greenfield announced today that his muni-meter legislation, which allows drivers to pre-pay New York City’s muni-meters one hour before the meter regulations go into effect, is now active in much of New York City and will be fully rolled out by next week - Wednesday, July 1st.

It’s a typical Monday morning and you just pulled up to the Doctor’s office for your 8:30 a.m. appointment. The problem? It’s 8:15 a.m.and you know that you will get a ticket when the meter regulations turn on at 8:30 a.m..

Greenfield’s law forced the City to reprogram all of its muni-meters so you can purchase the muni-meter ticket at 8:15 a.m.but it will say 8:30 a.m. as the start time - in essence allowing you to pre-pay muni-meters in New York City. Councilman Greenfield’s law, local law 49 of 2013, passed the City Council on June 13, 2013.

Because of the complexities involved, Greenfield’s law gave the City two years from July 1, 2013 to change the muni-meter machines to accept pre-payment. The city has already re-programmed many muni-meters including ones in Greenfield’s Boro Park neighborhood. All of the city’s muni-meters will be reprogrammed by this July 1st.

“I am thrilled that muni-meters citywide will finally allow you to prepay one hour before the meter rules go into effect. This is a common sense law: it saves drivers both time and money. Now, drivers can feed the meters before they go into work or appointments and avoid a parking ticket for no reason. I am proud to be leading the fight to reduce unnecessary parking tickets for drivers in New York City.”

Greenfield law also makes two other improvements to muni-meters. First it forces meters to shut off and not accept payment when the driver is not required to pay for parking like in the evening and second it does not accept payments when a muni-meter runs out of paper needed to print muni-meter tickets. “These two additional improvements will guarantee New Yorkers don’t get ripped off when using muni-meters,” Greenfield explained.

“After all, if you lose a dollar worth of quarters in the meter because it ran out of paper, it’s almost impossible to get the city to give you your money back.”


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 Jun 21, 2015 at 11:05 AM ydeneydene Says:

Great brains, and great idea!

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 Jun 21, 2015 at 11:25 AM Brooklynhocker Says:

Now if only councilman Greenfeld could "reprogram" the meter maids to be honest about how and when they issue citations that are supposedly overtime. Some don't even bother to look if there is more then one muni meter ticket on the dash.

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 Jun 21, 2015 at 11:56 AM curious Says:

Good job! We need common sense legislation.

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 Jun 21, 2015 at 12:13 PM Anonymous Says:

Here is another idea. Register your license plate with the muni meters. If you choose you can the log in and pay the meter on-line. If you run out of time you can just log in and pay for more time rather than running out of a dr's office etc.. Of course if your two hour limit is up you can't pay any more. Then when the meter lady comes and scans your license it will be connected to a system that will tell he if this guy paid or didn't pay for parking. This shouldn't be too complicated in todays digital age.

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 Jun 21, 2015 at 01:56 PM alterknaker Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

Here is another idea. Register your license plate with the muni meters. If you choose you can the log in and pay the meter on-line. If you run out of time you can just log in and pay for more time rather than running out of a dr's office etc.. Of course if your two hour limit is up you can't pay any more. Then when the meter lady comes and scans your license it will be connected to a system that will tell he if this guy paid or didn't pay for parking. This shouldn't be too complicated in todays digital age.

That's how it works in London city centre

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 Jun 21, 2015 at 02:22 PM ProminantLawyer Says:

Here is another idea. Raise the fees. Have less parking.

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 Jun 21, 2015 at 03:13 PM Moshe_in_Israel Says:

Reply to #6. Hey Prominant Lawyer, you must be a prominant public defender, because you can't even spell correctly. It's prominent!!! You moron!!

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 Jun 21, 2015 at 03:24 PM Aron1 Says:

Reply to #6  
ProminantLawyer Says:

Here is another idea. Raise the fees. Have less parking.

Your inability to spell "prominent" correctly belies your intelligence.

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 Jun 21, 2015 at 03:43 PM Moshe_in_Israel Says:

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Aron1 Says:

Your inability to spell "prominent" correctly belies your intelligence.

Aside from the obvious inability to spell correctly, ProminantLawyer misses the logic of pricing. It isn't to decrease parking, it's to maximize revenue. Yes, there is some elasticity of demand that does ultimately decrease the amount of cars parked, once a high enough price is charged. But the logic of meter parking is have the highest turn over of the parking space. Therefore, if the price is reasonable someone will pull in and pay for an hour yet only park for 15 minutes. This allows the city to maximize hourly parking revenue.

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 Jun 21, 2015 at 05:13 PM bigwheeel Says:

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Brooklynhocker Says:

Now if only councilman Greenfeld could "reprogram" the meter maids to be honest about how and when they issue citations that are supposedly overtime. Some don't even bother to look if there is more then one muni meter ticket on the dash.

In order to avoid being hit with an unfair parking ticket, I am in the habit of ripping up and discarding expired parking tickets. For if they remain on the dashboard, those honorable geniuses who work for the traffic department might write you a ticket even though there is a valid receipt next to it.

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 Jun 21, 2015 at 05:17 PM bigwheeel Says:

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Moshe_in_Israel Says:

Reply to #6. Hey Prominant Lawyer, you must be a prominant public defender, because you can't even spell correctly. It's prominent!!! You moron!!

I wouldn't hire him as my lawyer even if he offered to take my case gratis. He is probably a graduate of the UTA Law school...!

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 Jun 21, 2015 at 11:30 PM charls Says:

Guys get out of the city move up state and live a peaceful life no parking meters no looking for parking for a long time and lest but not least no parking tickets

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 Jun 22, 2015 at 12:53 AM pbalaw Says:

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charls Says:

Guys get out of the city move up state and live a peaceful life no parking meters no looking for parking for a long time and lest but not least no parking tickets

Move yo Israel ... Pango

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 Jun 22, 2015 at 01:34 AM Brooklynhocker Says:

Reply to #10  
bigwheeel Says:

In order to avoid being hit with an unfair parking ticket, I am in the habit of ripping up and discarding expired parking tickets. For if they remain on the dashboard, those honorable geniuses who work for the traffic department might write you a ticket even though there is a valid receipt next to it.

And you've never had a muni meter ticket slide to the side of your dash that isn't obvious from the inside? I got a ticket where the meter maid wrote expired time and it was from 3 weeks before. I fought it online and won but it was a hassle.

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 Jun 22, 2015 at 11:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

Here is another idea. Register your license plate with the muni meters. If you choose you can the log in and pay the meter on-line. If you run out of time you can just log in and pay for more time rather than running out of a dr's office etc.. Of course if your two hour limit is up you can't pay any more. Then when the meter lady comes and scans your license it will be connected to a system that will tell he if this guy paid or didn't pay for parking. This shouldn't be too complicated in todays digital age.

why should they bother? incur a huge cost for YOUR convenience? if they wanted to do that, they wpoukld have left parking meters alone.

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