City Posts No Parking Signs, Tickets Cars Already Parked There

By Tracie Strahan
|  Monday, May 20, 2013  |  Updated 8:44 PM EDT
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Drivers on a Manhattan street say city workers posted new no parking signs and then ticketed everyone along the block just minutes later.   Tracie Strahan reports.

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Drivers on a Manhattan street say city workers posted new no parking signs and then ticketed everyone along the block just minutes later. Tracie Strahan reports.

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City Posts No Parking Signs, Tickets Cars Already Parked There

Drivers on a Manhattan street say city workers posted new no parking signs and then ticketed everyone along the block just minutes later. NBC 4 New York obtained this surveillance video that shows workers changing out the signs on West 15th Street Saturday.
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Drivers on a Manhattan street say city workers posted new no parking signs and then ticketed everyone along the block just minutes later.
 
NBC 4 New York obtained surveillance video that shows workers changing out the signs on West 15th Street Saturday.

 
The previous rule was no parking Mondays and Thursdays between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. for street cleaning. But in just a few minutes, city workers changed the signs to "No Standing Anytime."
 
And moments later, agents came by and wrote $115 tickets for the cars that had been legally parked there that morning.
 
"I saw out of my window that they were issuing tickets to all the cars," said Jose Cherrez, whose car was parked there. "I don't think it's fair -- if we would have got a warning that we weren't supposed to park there."
 
Residents say the new signs were posted in front of new racks for the city's bike share program that is supposed to launch next week.
 
"I don't think they knew what they were doing, or there was no correspondence between the two agencies," said Karim Znaidi. 
 
In a statement, the Department of Transportation said "any motorist who believes they received a ticket in error can contest it through the Department of Finance, which adjudicates violations."
 

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