Judges who are scared of having their decisions shown in the NY Post, rules about when never to reduce a fine – no matter how good your excuse is- and guidelines for technical defects that change on a whim – these are just three of the revelations contained in Beat That Parking Ticket, A Complete Guide for New York City by former parking ticket judge Haskell Nussbaum.
With its police force handing out over 10 million tickets each year, there is scarcely a New Yorker who hasn’t felt the bite of an unfair ticket. Drivers are enraged – and often without hope.
“They got me less than one minute after the meter expired,” said Ilana Kasten, a Long Island resident who will rarely drive into the City on account of its parking policies. “I know the city needs money, but that’s just ridiculous.”
According to the book’s author, former New York City parking ticket judge Haskell Nussbaum, the problem often stems from the sheer volume of tickets the City handles, as well as the lack of understanding by drivers regarding what kind of excuses rarely work. “Every day, judges see and hear the same excuses from people looking to get out of their tickets,” says Nussbaum. “And every day many of those pleas get pushed aside with about the same level of attention as you would devote to plucking off a stray hair that falls on your jacket.”
Beat That Parking Ticket aims to change that. The book is a comprehensive guide to fighting parking tickets in New York, containing plenty of insider information. It is also replete with amusing stories and letters that illustrate some of the crazier excuses that some ticket-fighters have used to try to escape a fine.
Beat That Parking Ticket may very well ruffle some feathers over at City Hall. According to Nussbaum, the City has been gaining untold sums of money simply because so many people don’t fight their tickets. He estimates that literally tens of thousands of tickets get paid that could be successfully beaten.