2010-09-03 / Top Stories

Motorists Pay The Price For Broken Meter

By Nicholas Briano

Meter number 410-5107 was reading the time of 11:55 a.m. on Tuesday, when the actual time of day was approximately 5:00 p.m., resulting in unjustified expired parking meter tickets. Meter number 410-5107 was reading the time of 11:55 a.m. on Tuesday, when the actual time of day was approximately 5:00 p.m., resulting in unjustified expired parking meter tickets. Motorists fed a parking meter this week that was five hours behind the actual time of day and some may have to pay the $35 violation price to New York City.

The incorrect parking meter, located on the center island, along Beach 116 Street between Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Ocean Promenade, resulted in motorists printing out already expired meter tickets to display on their windshields. Many were ticketed by traffic officials, who routinely patrol the commercial strip. However, when a traffic cop was made aware of the situation this week, a motorist told The Wave, the traffic cop still continued to write the ticket despite knowing the meter receipts were not displaying the correct time.

Department of Transportation officials said this week that they are aware of the broken meter number, 410-5107, and had anticipated it being fixed by Thursday (September 2).

A spokesperson for the agency, Dean Montgomery, said motorists are able to contest tickets they feel were unfairly issued through the Department of Finance’s adjudication process.

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