Thursday, May 25, 2017
Mayor announces crackdown on parking placard abuse
From CBS 2:
Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced a controversial plan to issue parking permits to school staff members.
Now, he says City Hall plans to crack down and end rampant abuse.
“Parking is one of the biggest quality of life concerns of all New Yorkers,” de Blasio said.
As CBS2’s Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reports, the man who just gave anyone who works in a city school a placard bonanza – 50,000 of them – announced that just as he giveth he can taketh away.
Abusers will not only be fined or towed, but subject to “permanent ineligibility.”
“We’re concerned also about the placards that have been provided to police and other first responders,” de Blasio said.
Kramer: “Are you really going to tow cops and teachers’ cars, and really, really going to do it?”
De Blasio: “Sure.”
De Blasio: “Because it’s against the rules. It’s as simple as that… It’s not fair to residents of neighborhoods.”
As part of the crackdown, the mayor is hiring 100 additional traffic agents to go after placard abusers, adding more tow trucks and creating a new $100 parking fine for placard misuse.
The chief enforcer will be the NYPD’s Chief of Transportation Thomas Chan, who is also creating a new 16-member task force of cops.