City rips up $26M in bad tix

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY ERIN DURKIN

IT’S CHRIST­MAS in November!

The city has dis­missed or re­funded $26 mil­lion in park­ing fines af­ter a pa­per­work snafu voided more than half a mil­lion tick­ets, of­fi­cials said Mon­day.

Driv­ers who re­ceived tick­ets for fail­ing to dis­play a Mu­niMeter re­ceipt, or hav­ing an ex­pired re­ceipt, are off the hook be­cause the wrong vi­o­la­tion code was printed on their ticket.

The Depart­ment of Fi­nance gave out 400,860 re­funds for tick­ets to­tal­ing about $18 mil­lion, and an­other 106,808 dis­missals for tick­ets that had not yet been paid, to­tal­ing $8 mil­lion, a spokes­woman said.

The costly foulup was first re­ported by 1010 WINS.

The tick­ets cost $65 or $35 each, de­pend­ing on where they were writ­ten.

The trou­ble started in April with a one-digit change in the traf­fic rules section that cov­ers the vi­o­la­tion, from 4-08h10 to 4-08h1. The mis­take was caught in July.

Tick­ets were is­sued to mo­torists and they weren’t up­dated to re­flect the change — ren­der­ing them void un­der city law.

The “sum­mons(es) is­sued to your ve­hi­cle(s) for ei­ther fail­ing to dis­play a park­ing me­ter re­ceipt or dis­play­ing a park­ing me­ter re­ceipt while parked in a park­ing me­ter zone con­tained an er­ror and will be ad­min­is­tra­tively dis­missed,” the lucky driv­ers are told in a let­ter.

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