Ten million parking tickets are written every year in New York City, generating more than a half-billion dollars in revenue.
With all that money, did you know if you get a ticket the city wants to give you a break??
Finance Commissioner Martha Stark said the program isn't advertised, but it will save you money.
Any driver who challenges a parking ticket (pleads not guilty) is offered a reduction for most fines. The city introduced this program in 2005.
After challenging the ticket, the city will offer you the opportunity to plead guilty and agree to forgo a hearing, and then you get a reduced fine.
No parking goes from 65 dollars to 43.
Expired meter goes from 65 dollars to 43.
A 115-dollar fine for no standing gets reduced to 90.
Same thing for double parking.
Brooklyn Councilman Vincent Gentile does not have a problem with the fines, but about how the traffic agents are doing business.
He says even Santa got a ticket in Bay Ridge, so he's telling all of his constituents about the city's plan. That way if you do get a ticket, at least you won't have to pay full price.
You can learn more about parking rules by visiting the city's website at http://www.nyc.gov/html/dof/html/parking/parking.shtml.