Problem: In New York City, and many other locales with pay and display equipment, the parker parks, goes to the P and D, gets his ticket, returns to his car to find a citation on the windshield. This happens, it appears, a lot in the Big Apple and a councilman wants to do something about it.
If a driver shows up within five minutes of the ticket being written, with a valid P and D receipt, that was time and date stamped between five minutes before and five minutes after the time of the citation, the officer can void the ticket.
That makes absolute sense. First, if the receipt so time stamped exists, obviously the person was down the block getting it. It is extremely doubtful that they are watching, and when they see the officer, they ran down the block and get the receipt. Second the PR generated due to an officer voiding a citation, and court time unused, will make a great difference to parking, in New York and elsewhere.