US Large City Parking Tickets
Although New York City does not currently have any parking ticket provisions in place that are directly noted as being for low-income earners, the state of New York as a whole is currently considering some options along these lines. In the meantime, low-income earners in New York City can take advantage of a range of different programs designed to lessen the burden of parking ticket fines. Among these are payment plans, fine reductions, and in some cases, exemptions/dismissal of fines. There are various criteria that need to be met to be eligible for these options, however, none are directly based on income specifically.
Installment Options & Payment Plans
- New York City allows individuals to go on a payment plan (also referred to as an installment plan/agreement).
- The installment agreement allows the individual to pay their owed amount over a period of time, as opposed to paying it off in one lump payment.
- Individuals who opt for this payment plan can avoid additional pitfalls by doing so. Additional pitfalls could be having a vehicle booted or towed.
- The downside to this plan is that it charges interest, thereby increasing the overall total amount that is owed. The interested is added until the balance is paid off in full.
- In order to be eligible for a payment plan, the vehicle's registration must be valid for at least 40 more days and the vehicle must have been insured for at least 30 days. Additionally, the outstanding parking ticket violations must be in excess of $350 but below $10,000. (Balances above $10,000 requires additional paperwork).
- A minimum down payment of 33% of the total balance must be paid in order to activate the payment plan.
Exceptions and Discounts
- Individuals who dispute their parking ticket within 30 days of receiving the ticket may get a discount on their fine. To do so, individuals have to plead not guilty.
- The Department of Finance has the authority to dismiss parking tickets if they are unreadable or inappropriate, even without the case being brought before a judge.
- Some parking tickets are eligible for an automatic reduction. These are usually tickets that are given for less severe offenses, such as having an expired meter.
- Severe parking infractions are not eligible for reductions, such as blocking an intersection. Additionally, commercial vehicles, tow trucks, and delivery trucks are not eligible for reductions.
Parking Tickets Among Low-Income Residents of New York City
- New York City may be currently thinking of options for how to lessen the burden of parking tickets for low-income individuals.
- In April of 2019, New York Senator, Tim Kennedy, introduced a bill that would end the state's practice of suspending driver's licenses due to unpaid traffic tickets, as a recent report found this issue has been disproportionately affecting poor residents. The bill would further "usher in a series of reforms to help low-income drivers and their families."
The NYCSERV eService Center has a section of Frequently Asked Questions about parking tickets related to payments and transactions. These questions cover the following topics:
- Additional charges for paying parking tickets online.
- Payment processing time frames.
- Transaction notifications.
- Handling multiple payments.
- Online payments for overdue tickets.
- Handling late payment notices after payment has already been sent.