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NY1 For You: Long Island City Residents Say Muni Meter Spots Are a Ticketing Trap

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Filling the muni meter isn't enough in one area of Long Island City where drivers say they're getting taken for a ride. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following "NY1 For You" report.

"It's an all out assault, we have people in here that have 90 tickets, 100 tickets in a matter of five or six months," said Matthew Schultz, a motorcycle sales associate.

A ticketing trap according to those who work at Harley Davidson on Northern Boulevard in Long Island City and park in the one-hour muni meter spots.

"The muni meter, which is about a half-a-block away and this is a long block, is generally broken 50 percent of the time and to walk to the other muni meter could take you a good five minutes. So by the time you start walking to that one, all the way back to the other one they'll be here and ticket you," said Schultz.

Tickets that get dismissed 90 percent of the time according to the drivers who fight them. Confirmation to drivers that they're unfair to begin with.

"We've called 3-1-1, we've called traffic command, we've called the precinct, we get nothing," said John Maguire, a general sales manager.

NY1 called the NYPD and after looking into the situation a spokesman told us the supervisor that oversees the agents for the area in question was spoken to regarding the parking situation and the proper procedure for issuing summons to vehicles violating the muni meter parking regulations.

Action that will hopefully have some effect. "NY1 For You" will keep you updated.

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