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NY1 for You: NYPD Admits Bronx Parking Tickets Issued in Error

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Finding parking in the city is challenging enough without having street signs that aren't valid, which is a situation Bronx drivers ran into recently. Susan Jhun filed the following NY1 For You report.

Mareliz Peralta says she knows how to read street signs, just not ones that aren't there.

"They kept on telling us that there was a meter on this side and that we were not allowed to park unless we put the money in the meter, but it's crazy because there's never been any meter,” she said.

And there are no signs indicating meter parking, just alternate side parking signs on this stretch of street in the Kingsbridge neighborhood in the Bronx. Still, Peralta received a ticket for not displaying a muni meter receipt when she parked here. The confused driver who took these pictures to provide the spot was alternate side parking, says a few days later the street signs were changed to "no parking."

"They probably could have waited until they changed the sign and then give citations to people but not before. It was unnecessary,” she said.

NY1 called the police to ask them about this confusing situation and after looking into the matter a police spokesman admitted the summons was written in error and said the issuing officer is being retrained and instructed.

It’s a nice outcome for Peralta who says parking in the city doesn't need to be any harder than it already is.

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