Here is a gem. A parking ticket in NYC for parking on the wrong side of the street. Only problem is I have never been to NYC. As I explained this others, I have found that everyone has a similar story.
Here is part of the letter that I wrote concerning this situation. My neighbor told me of a scam that was reported in one of the Boston papers involving parking officials having access to neighboring states DMV records and randomly writing citations to plate numbers knowing that most people won't fight it and just send the payment. I didn't include this in the letter but if anyone read a similar article I'd be interested in hearing about it.
Sounds like a revenue generation machine to me.........
I sent the letter "certified return receipt requested".
June 28, 2007
NYC Department of Finance, Hearing by Mail Unit
P.O Box 29021, Cadman Plaza Station, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11202-9021
Re: Parking ticket #..., Summons #...
To Whom It May Concern,
I am writing this letter regarding a citation that was allegedly written to my car. I have tried to summarize the situation to the best of my ability using the information supplied to me in the "Request for Hearing After Judgment" forms and the NYC.gov website.
I would first like to emphasize that this "Notice of Judgment Enforcement" was the first notice of any kind received by me concerning this alleged parking infraction. I have lived at this same address since April of 1981 so a "first issue of complaint" would not have been lost in the forwarding process to a new address. In terms of character, I pay my bills and don't let things slide. This is clearly evidenced by my ....................
I received the judgment in the mail on Saturday June 23, 2007. I called the 212-440-5412 listed in the judgment documents on Tuesday 6/26/07 at 11:40 AM. The service representative at that number said I needed to ask for a hearing via the NYC.gov website. When asked, the service representative would not divulge her name. She stated that the car in question was a red Toyota and was a different year than mine. She then directed me to the NYC.gov website http://www.nyc.gov/html/dof/html/parking/p...pute_mail.shtml . Upon hanging up with her I noticed that one of the forms that was sent to me was a "Request for Hearing After Judgment". NOTE: The "Request for Hearing After Judgment" form that was sent to me with the "Notice of Judgment Enforcement" was Rev 05/08/06. The form found on your website is Rev 03/17/06. The newer revision has had the instructions and return address removed. I would suggest that this information be added back into the form as this is helpful to someone on my end of the situation.
I visited the NYC website and was able to view the citation. I'd like to take this opportunity to point out some very obvious discrepancies.
1.The car cited in the citation is a red 2 door Toyota sedan. My car is a grey 4 door Toyota Corolla sedan and always has been. See attached pictures.
2.The time of offense is listed as 8:48 AM on Tuesday 3/06/07. I was at work.. Microsoft Outlook shows 32 emails originated from me at work that day beginning at 7:10 AM and ending at 3:59 PM.
3.My car is a 1995 model year. According to the service rep, the alleged violator was not a 1995 model year. I did not see any notation of model year while viewing the citation on your website.
4.My plate number is Massachusetts --- ---. I have been driving this car with these plates since February 2003 and the plates have never been missing from the car.
I have never been to New York City. The last time I was in New York State was during a short vacation to Maryland. I drove via the Garden State Parkway and NJ Turnpike South from Boston on 6/30/06 and North via the same roads on 7/5/06.
The alleged offense occurred on Tuesday 03/06/07. I was a Field Engineer for many years and out of habit I have continued to keep a daily log of my activities, appointments and hours worked for each day. As a result of this routine, I was able to refer to this log and quickly verify that I was in fact at work that day. I also drove a person to work that day as part of an on-going carpool arrangement. The attached notarized letters from immediate supervisors and the carpool associate will testify to those facts.
With this communication I believe I have shown very clearly that it was not my vehicle that was cited, I would like to state my thoughts of what might have occurred on that New York City street on Tuesday 3/6/07. Perhaps the plate number was indeed --- --- but not a Massachusetts plate. Perhaps the plate number of the offending vehicle was incorrectly transferred to the citation or the citation information was incorrectly loaded into the database. Perhaps a 1 was interpreted as a 7. Or perhaps an N was interpreted as an M. Ex: --- --- or --- ---. Perhaps the prefix of a vanity plate was not included on the citation.
I do understand that mistakes happen. When explaining my story to acquaintances, I heard the following scenarios that they had personally experienced:
1.Jerry M - That happened to my daughter in Boston.....only problem is that car was in Missouri for the past 8 months.
2.Bill C - Boston Police said I was parked in Boston illegally. I have a distinctive special low number plate. Problem was my car was black and the car that was ticketed was red. Turned out to be the plate on the illegally parked car was a New Hampshire plate with the same number.
3.Bill C - They said my vehicle was involved in robberies in Boston. Police said the vehicle was registered to a William Clements. Problem was that another William Clements lived in Rockland, I live in Abington.
4.Richie T - I was notified that my car was parked illegally in Boston. The vehicle had the same plate number as mine except they failed to include the TC (Teacher) prefix on the vanity plate when the citation was written. There are currently 16 choices for special vanity plates where numbers are reused frequently.
All information previously described in this correspondence has been submitted with the "Request for Hearing After Judgment" form. I hope this information is sufficient to put this issue to rest. If it is determined that I received the citation in error I would like to request that a confirmation be sent to either the street address or email addresses below stating that the citation in my name has been expunged.
Home phone: ..., Cell phone: ...
Vehicle information: 1995 Toyota Corolla, Plate Number: ... ... (Massachusetts)
I can also be reached at the following email addresses:
....com and ....com
11 pages in total with the following attached:
1.Completed "Request for Hearing After Judgement" form.
2.Copy of "Notice of Judgement Enforcement"
3.Copy of citation retrieved from NYC.gov website
4.Pictures of my car when purchased in 2003 and now
5.Notarized letter testifying to my presence at work on the day of the citation
6.Notarized letter testifying to my carpooling with a work associate using my car on the day of the citation
7.Photocopy of my auto registration
8.Copy of my electronic timesheet for the period of 2/26/07 thru 3/09/07