February 7, 2013 12:02 am at 12:02 am #608102
I just had a miserable experience with a muni meter. One was broken, the next swallowed my money and didn’t give me a ticket. I had to walk almost a complete block to get a ticket for 15 minutes to run a quick errand. It is nice and cold outside though at least it’s not raining. I tried calling 311 and it takes longer to get through than to run an errand. They told me I have to apply for a refund in writing so I basically can write off my $.50. (I originally put in $.50 but by the time I actually got a ticket I didn’t have enough time so I put in $.25 the second time.) This is by far not the first time I have had problems. Last time there were only two meters in the neighborhood as it is a mostly residential neighborhood and has only 1 block with meters. Both meters had to reset themselves. It took me about 15 minutes to get a ticket. Another time both meters were broken and the next machine was around a bend so you can’t see the machine from the the car. What can we do to change this situation. It is highly unfair to us the citizens of NY.
All this is besides the plain old fashioned inconvenience of these meters. If you realize you will need more time you have to pay again or else make sure to come back with a new ticket. If you need to add time you have to trek to the machine, open your car door, stick your backside out in traffic to put the ticket in the right place and then go back to do your errand. I once had the ticket basically disintegrate in my hand because it was pouring so hard that it got drenched just taking it out of the machine. I am pretty sure I am not the only one who hates these muni meters. Anyone have any thing to add. I wish there was a way to complain the city.February 7, 2013 12:36 am at 12:36 am #928296
If all the muni-meter are broken on the block you are parking (or the only one is broken- if there is only one), under NYC laws and regulation you do not need to put a meter receipt and you can park for free. Broken includes even if the meter is simply not accepting credit cards. If you get a summons on your car, plead Not Guilty and write that the meter was broken.February 7, 2013 12:49 am at 12:49 am #928297
I hate muni meters.February 7, 2013 12:54 am at 12:54 am #928298
Shein, if there is a meter on another block nearby such as on most avenues in Brooklyn, you have to go to another meter and get a ticket there. In the case where both meters had to reset, they both said wait a minute or something to that effect. I was afraid that I would leave, they would reset and I would get a ticket. They did finally reset so the possibility was real that a meter maid would come around a few minutes later and I would have gotten a ticket with no way to prove they were out of order a few minutes earlier. I called 311 at the time and they told me that i had to wait.February 7, 2013 1:48 am at 1:48 am #928299
I HATE THEMBAD IDEAFebruary 7, 2013 4:28 am at 4:28 am #928300
And what about when you’re parking with kids?! My youngest is 5 and I’m still hesitant and afraid…first we have to walk up to half a block to muni-meter, then back to car…now is my dilemma: if the driver door is facing traffic, do I have my little one stand on the sidewalk while I walk into the street and open the driver door and put the receipt on dash or do I take him and walk into him into street, into oncoming traffic, have him stand and wait (ha, by now he’s crying and cranky and impatient) while I open the door and reach in and put receipt on dash? The muni-meter idea is dangerous and ridiculous and not thought out or planned well!!! Where is dov hikind?!February 7, 2013 4:36 am at 4:36 am #928301
I hate them!!!!!!! Do u leave the baby in he car and walk down the block to get the ticket? Or do u hav he baby out in the cold rain while u get your ticket??? They are sooooooo annoying !!!!February 7, 2013 5:23 am at 5:23 am #928302
Right….. Take your kids in the freezing cold…. Walk 1 block away to get a 15 minute parking receipt…. It’s not normal.
But it’s ok. Our despicable (self-hating Jewish) Mayor could not care less.February 7, 2013 7:06 am at 7:06 am #928303
Shein, if there is a meter on another block nearby such as on most avenues in Brooklyn, you have to go to another meter and get a ticket there.
Nope. Shein is right, although there are time limits. This is what the NYC website has to say:
If all of the meters on the block or in a parking field are broken or missing, you can park for the maximum amount of time posted for that metered space.
Of course being that we are talking about NYC they have to have different limits when it comes to individual meters:
If a meter is broken, you can park for a maximum of one hour, even if the posted sign is for a longer time period. If the meter is missing, you can park for the maximum amount of time posted on the signs.February 7, 2013 8:19 am at 8:19 am #928304
Do you have an inkling of how much money they save by having these new meters, think into it.
1) meter maids dont need to collect from 10 meters on 1 block. Just take out the money from each meter. Times that by hundreds of blocks.
2) No one can park on anyone elses left over meter time.
3)Chances are you put in more money than you actually park, there is a lot of overlapping being paid. The old meters could make only a limited amount per day, only as many hours as there are.
It sounds like this is petty money, “how much do u make from quarters”, but just think of ALL the blocks, even quarters add up!
Our taxes will probably go down now 😉February 8, 2013 3:50 am at 3:50 am #928305
you know, in protest you can use an AMEX card. then the city gets the 25 cents, but they have to pay a large swipe fee to AMEX.
🙂 Bump 🙂February 8, 2013 4:00 am at 4:00 am #928306
Where do u get such a cardFebruary 8, 2013 4:40 am at 4:40 am #928307
Muni meters are a royal pain, and interfere with our right to the pursuit of happiness (or shopping). When there is snow on the ground (especially when it is icy), it becomes a sakana to have to go all the way down to the muni meter then back to the car again. And if you are not parked near the store, it is a triple trip. If you have a child in tow, it means shlepping them out of the car, possibly in very inclement weather. Whoever thoughrt this idea up should be forced to feed the meters all day long.February 8, 2013 6:41 am at 6:41 am #928308
oomis, great idea! ibump, I use a chase freedom because it gives me 10 points for every time i use the card even if it is only for a quarter. So I get back 10 cents every time i use the muni meter.February 8, 2013 7:38 am at 7:38 am #928309
I didn’t realize how advanced we were here in Yerushalayim. I can pay the meter from my cellphone (and it’s a kosher phone). Need to put more money in? You can do it from your desk.February 8, 2013 8:17 pm at 8:17 pm #928310
omggg that rlly does sound advanced!!! my teacher told us that in her old skl she had to send a girl down every 45 min or s/t to put quarters in cuz the meter only took a certain amount of quarters at a time.. imagine how annoyng it is to havta rem every single second?? and this was meters, not muni meters..February 10, 2013 8:31 am at 8:31 am #928311
By the way, I logged onto DMV website and ordered a muni-meter parking card. They sell these pre-paid $20, ‘$50, and $100 and they are great for those who don’t want to schlep quarters or pull out a credit card every time. I bought a $50 parking card and that is the only ma’alah of the muni-meter for me over regular meters.February 10, 2013 7:49 pm at 7:49 pm #928312
the parking card works like a credit card so what is the advantage?February 10, 2013 8:20 pm at 8:20 pm #928313
It’s another scheme for the city to make more money, by ticketing people, etc. Welcome to Bloomberggrad, Soviet Socialist Republic of New York.February 10, 2013 9:11 pm at 9:11 pm #928314
How uncivilized! In EY, you get an ezpark doodad for 90 shekel at the post office, and you charge it up with a credit card at a Yellow gas station kiosk or cashier. It has codes for all the municipalities, hour options, and you shut it when you come back to the car, and you only pay for the time elapsed.February 10, 2013 9:34 pm at 9:34 pm #928315
twisted, I agree totally uncivilized. I wish we would copy what you have.February 10, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm #928316
the muni meters also allow for people to take up as much space as they want. if the equivalent of 2 spaces is available they can park smack in the middle/ that stinks. i also had a muni meter that took my money but didnt give me a ticket. i called 311 , spoke for 15 min and never got the email or anything to get back the money i lost. what a racket!!February 10, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm #928317
Actually, the muni-meter is more efficient allowing more cars to fit in the same space. The old meters gave too much room per car, leading to lost parking spots.February 10, 2013 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm #928318
It’s not only E”Y, it works that way in Monsey. At the Spring Valley train station you can pay from your phone, or, if you pay by the meter, you don’t have to back to your car! That’s right, you can throw away the receipt and it doesn’t matter! They track it by parking space, so as long as it’s paid for (and again, you can extend it from your phone) you’re good.February 10, 2013 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm #928319
Muni meters 1) steal ur money giving u no reciept 2) walk to it and then bak even in oohing rain 3) if hav kids in car hav to schlep them along etc! We shld go on strike 🙂
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