Hello everybody… This month, I want to talk about red-light camera tickets in New York City, which are issued by the New York City Department of Finance (DOF), carry a fine of $50, and can sometimes be a problem for TLC-licensed drivers.

There are cameras all over NYC, which trigger if you purportedly go through a red light. Typically, to non-TLC-licensed drivers, this type of ticket carries zero points on your DMV or TLC license. As stated, the fine is $50 and it is issued by the DOF – the agency that also issues parking tickets.

The TLC has for many years now added three points and sometimes a $300 fine (or less), in addition to the $50 fine that NYC’s DOF already issued to the registered owner of the vehicle who allegedly went through the red light.

TLC believes that because TPEP electronic systems have drivers log in with their TLC driver’s license, they can accurately identify who is behind the wheel when a red-light camera ticket is issued, and therefore the points for the driver are deserved because TLC knows who was behind the wheel at the time of the “infraction”. TLC also says that such tickets are not subject to human error of an inspector or police officer, who may have erroneously issued such a summons.

DO NOT SIMPLY PAY THE $50 FINE IF YOU ARE A TLC DRIVER! CALL ME AND I WILL TRY TO HELP YOU WITH THE RED-LIGHT CAMERA TICKET ISSUED BY DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE.

There might be some ways to fight such camera tickets. It is difficult but worth a shot to fight the ticket because you will receive three TLC points and sometimes a $300 fine for each red light camera ticket that you receive. If you receive three red light tickets in 15 months, TLC will automatically revoke your TLC license and you will no longer be able to drive for a living for at least a year.

Be mindful of this issue. Of course, the simplest and best thing to do is to not go through a red light. I am not convinced that red light cameras are infallible, and I believe that you should fight any red-light camera ticket you receive in NYC every time you receive one, if you are a TLC driver!

Thank you for reading my article. Until next month and always… be well.