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."


ew-3 said...

I remember when it was against the law for the city to use ticket revenue as a source of funding. That was before the meter maids.

Oh, for the good old days.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good idea on the surface, but just not parctical in the long run. I can see it opening up a whole batch of new problems down the road.

Anonymous said...

correction....not "practical"

Anonymous said...

I feel bad for all the Taniquas and LaShondas out there workin the meters. They LOVE being able to write tickets they know they shouldnt be. Its their little way to get back at The Man.

Dont that that away from them!!!

Anonymous said...

I definitely agree that the neon stickers are unnecessary and a driving hazard (although I haven't seen them in awhile, I wasn't aware they still did that).

Anonymous said...

Those numbers are grossly incorrect. 9 million tickets only generate $100M a year? That would mean each ticket, on average, costs drivers $11, which is clearly not the case. Try 10 million tickets which bring in revenue of $500M dollars.

I love the episode of American Dad where Stan starts beating the sh*t out of a meter maid who then begs for mercy. Stan tells him "once I start I can't stop."

Anonymous said...

Cops shouldn' be writing tags. thats why we have traffic monkeys....i mean agents.They should be writing moving violations.....a parked car can't injure or kill me

Anonymous said...

Bad idea.

We need MORE tickets, not fewer.

Yes, there are mistakes, but for those most part, I say tough. You parked illegally? Deal with the consequences. I have no sympathy for parking criminals.

Queens Crapper said...

But the tickets being addressed with this legislation were not for people parked illegally. Why can't you people read English?

Rick said...

Crapper, back up and re-read your own original post. Some of the proposed legislation is in fact for people parking illegally. Like the sanitation stickers.

Queens Crapper said...

"We need MORE tickets, not fewer."

No one said fewer tickets. The legislation aims at eliminating STICKERS. Stickers are dangerous and raise NO revenue for the city.

Anonymous said...

In other words, Rick can't read English, either.