From the Daily News:
Just because you work for the government doesn't mean you get to park for free, but try telling that to one Queens neighborhood.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority employees that use their orange safety vests to dodge parking fees in municipal lots have long aggravated motorists fighting for a space on a busy Astoria block.
And the bright-colored apparel, which bear the MTA logo, on the dashboards of parked vehicles help avoid hefty fines from traffic agents, locals said.
But the free ride may soon be over. A city councilman is calling for the city to start ticketing the illegally parked cars.
"The city is taking placards away from people who legitimately need them," said Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria). "While their agents are overlooking orange vests in the windshield, which is completely unfair."
And in related news, the Department of Education is issuing 1000 more parking placards than it did last year.