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Meter Beaters


Since Mayor Bloomberg took office, there’s been a 45 percent increase in traffic-enforcement agents and a 64 percent spike in parking fees: a boon for the city coffers, but a hidden tax for everyone else. To limit your orange-envelope exposure, consider these apps, loopholes, and ticket-contesting techniques. And do try to be nice to the meter reader.

Meter Beater The Good Fight
You parked illegally—or at least the ticketing agent said you did—and you got caught. Either way, you should appeal. Here’s how.
Meter BeaterShh, We Spied on a Cop
To get a glimpse of what a parking enforcer does on his daily rounds, we secretly trailed one.
Meter BeaterMeter Maid Confidential
A few thoughts from an anonymous traffic-enforcement agent.
Meter BeaterParking at App’s Reach
Four applications to download.


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