Thursday, April 7, 2011
New parking ticket rules proposed
From Fox 5:
The city issues about nine million citations a year, making parking tickets a $100 million business.
The City Council is introducing legislation that would stop the so-called gotcha ticketing. Council members held a hearing Tuesday on the legislation.
The bills would require the city to post temporary parking changes online and allow ticket agents to rip up the tickets at the muni meter if someone is in the process of feeding the meter. As the law stands now, once an agent starts writing a ticket he or she is not allowed to stop.
The NYPD does not supporting a change in the law because police officials say it would invite confrontation.
From the Daily News:
A Brooklyn City Councilman is going after the hated neon shame stickers slapped on cars parked on the wrong side of the street.
"It's a pretty punitive form of punishment. I mean, what's next? We're going to start slashing people's tires when they don't park on the correct side?" said Councilman David Greenfield, who represents parking-starved Borough Park and Midwood.
Greenfield plans to introduce legislation tomorrow that would abolish the hard-to-remove green stickers that sanitation agents paste on errant cars that violate alternate side parking rules.
"First of all, it's a safety hazard," Greenfield said. "How the heck are you supposed to drive and look out your window when you got this big thing stuck there? Second, it's punitive. And, third we have very fundamental principle of justice in this country that you're innocent until you're proven guilty and these people are not prove guilty."