Bernard Weitz was ticketed on October 3rd for parking his car too close to a fire hydrant in New York City. He pleaded guilty and paid to the $115 fine.
Weitz stated that when he paid the fine for parking to close to the fire hydrant online, the bill included a $10.00 charges, which he imagined was for paying the traffic ticket late.
He paid the balance, along with an additional $2.00 for a credit card fee. Weitz stated the total fee he paid was $127.00.
Weitz quoted Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL)§ 237(2), which states “(i) in a city with a population of one million or more, violations committed in spaces where stopping or standing is prohibited for which monetary penalties shall not exceed one hundred dollars and, (ii) handicapped parking violations for which monetary penalties shall not exceed one hundred fifty dollars; and (b) abandoned vehicle violations, except in a city with a population of one million or more, provided however, that monetary penalties shall not be less than two hundred fifty dollars nor more than one thousand dollars for each abandoned vehicle violation,”. According to the New York VTL the fine must not be more then $100.00.
Weitz says that for at least six years New York City has included surcharges which make its traffic fines illegal.
Weitz seeks class action cass claiming damages of $500 million for unlawful fines and surcharges.