NYC Council Eases Muni Meter Rules

NEW YORK -

The city must reprogram its Muni Meters to allow for payments an hour before the regulation begins, and so that the device will not accept money when it is out of paper or after parking regulations have ended for the day, according to a new law passed by the City Council Wednesday.

The bill, which was introduced by Councilman David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn) and which had the strong support of Speaker Christine Quinn, requires meters in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island to be reprogrammed immediately within 90 days. Some older meters that cannot be reprogrammed are required to meet the new standards within two years.

These changes are the latest in legislation that refines glitches in the everyday use of Muni Meters. The council previously approved a five-minute grace period for drivers while they are paying for parking and a law allowing drivers to use leftover time on their receipt on any other block with the same meter rate.