At my last job, I worked on a side street. They have Muni-Meters. It’s mostly trucks making deliveries and pickups.
I saw a meter maid giving out a ticket. The driver complained that the Muni-Meter was broken. The meter maid said that isn’t a valid defense. He’s required to walk to the next one.
I didn’t say anything. I should have. There’s an interesting legal loophole for Muni-Meters. However, I’m not 100% sure this is correct.
There’s a “grace period” of 5-15 minutes. (I’m not sure exactly.) If you get parking ticket with timestamp “2:55″, and you have a Muni-Meter receipt with a timestamp of “2:59″, that’s an absolute defense. You can contest the ticket and win.
The “grace period” solves a problem with Muni Meters. You can park your car and go to the Muni Meter. You get a parking ticket while you’re making the purchase. That was a common enough problem, that a specific exemption was added to the law.
If you are parked at a Muni-Meter spot and see a meter maid giving you a ticket, run to the Muni-Meter and purchase a parking ticket. If the timestamp is close, you can contest the ticket and win. Don’t waste time arguing with the meter maid.
I should have given the driver a helpful tip. I knew about that loophole. I said nothing. However, I’m not 100% sure that’s correct.