NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The rules for parking at Muni-Meters in New York City may soon be changing.
LISTEN: WCBS 880′s Rich Lamb reports
Currently, rules say if you’ve purchased a Muni-Meter ticket for your parked car and leave the space with time remaining on the receipt, you can then park in another Muni-Meter space in the city and use the minutes remaining on your ticket.
Now, the Department of Transportation says it’s clarifying the rules so that you may only use the excess time at another Muni-Meter spot of exactly the same price.
“So for example, if you spend $6 on meters in Manhattan for two hours but go to Brooklyn, where it’s maybe $4, they won’t allow you to use it,” said Glenn Biloffski of ParkingTicket.com.
But the DOT says it’s concerned that drivers will buy a meter receipt in a cheap area of the city and then use it in a pricier spot.
Brooklyn Assemblyman William Colton said the new policy is even more confusing than the older one.
“They’re reinstituting the confusion, this shell game, where the motorist can not be sure whether or not they can use the receipt or not. That is unfair, it lacks transparency and basically it adds to confusion which causes the motorist to feel they are being ripped off,” Colton told 1010 WINS.
The DOT released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying “We are in the process of updating the rules to make clearer that Muni-Meter receipts may be used at additional locations, provided those areas have the same parking rates and regulations.”
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