By Michael Spevack
Hello everybody. This month, I want to talk about 35 Rules of the City of New York (RCNY) section 80-13(a)(3)(viii) – a TLC stop sign ticket, which is probably the most-often-written hazardous moving violation written by NYPD and TLC inspectors. As an experienced DMV and TLC attorney, this is the most common TLC moving violation that I see on a regular basis anyway.
You may remember from previous articles that POINTS ARE THE ENEMY OF TLC DRIVERS. PLEASE TRY TO MINIMIZE POINTS ON YOUR TLC LICENSE.
How can you minimize points? First, do not get tickets. Second, if you do receive a TLC ticket, then try to plea bargain it for zero or fewer points, if that option is open to you. It is worth it to pay a fine and receive fewer points or, hopefully, zero points.
A stop sign ticket is often written because a driver did not come to a complete stop or stopped but for less than 3 seconds. It is up to the issuing officer to decide to write a summons. So, be careful at stop signs.
If you receive a 80-13(a)(3)(viii) or other pointed TLC summons, make sure to contact a qualified attorney or representative to help you fight the ticket and, hopefully, remove the points. It’s good to know the law. For example, in Chapter 35 of the Rules of the City of New York, 80-13(a) subparagraphs 1, 2 and 3 all deal with traffic violations. Subparagraph 1 deals with non-moving or parking violations and does not carry points. Subparagraph 2 deals with non-hazardous moving violations and carries higher fines but no points. Subparagraph 3 deals with hazardous moving violations and carries points. 35 RCNY section 80-13(a)(3(viii) is a stop sign ticket and carries 3 TLC points and a fine of $400 after a hearing.
If you care about your job as an FHV or taxi driver, then you must be a professional when you fight any ticket you receive. I am available to help if you need it for a free initial consultation. Thank you for reading my article. Until next month, be well.