Go Online, Not Downtown, to Fight a Parking Ticket

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(New York Times) — For years, New Yorkers have hurled obscenities, or simply given up, at the sight of a dreaded orange slip on their windshield, knowing that anyone brave enough to challenge a parking ticket would face interminable lines, stuffy hearing rooms and subpar snacks.  But now distressed drivers will be able to fight City Hall without having to take off their pajamas.  City officials on Monday unveiled an online alternative that allows residents to submit written rebuttals and upload supporting materials, like snapshots of where a missing traffic sign should be, to make their case.  “It means that you won’t have to zip out of work to contest a parking ticket on your lunch hour,” Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said in a news conference. “You won’t have to spend time on weekends making photocopies and stapling documents to dispute your ticket by mail.”  The system, one of the first of its kind in the country, promises a decision within 10 days.

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