Sunday, May 13, 2018

Bill aims to stop car dealership sidewalk parking


From CBS 2:

Dealerships have been parking their cars where people walk, specifically in Brooklyn and Queens.

“I’m basically stepping over the bumper of a car to try and get into the street,” Calvin McGoldrick, of Bay Ridge, said.

In Bay Ridge, CBS2 busted a Hyundai dealer on Fourth Avenue. When it saw our cameras, it moved one of its cars that was illegally parked.

CBS2 also spotted four cars on the sidewalk at the Park Slope Auto Center. Even the image Google Maps snapped of it shows two cars illegally parked.

“It’s more than just an inconvenience, though. I think it’s a safety issue,” said Emily Porro, of Park Slope.

That’s why the City Council is pushing for a bill to revoke car dealers’ licenses if they become repeat offenders.

“Anytime when you have cars infringing on public space and pedestrians space, it’s a problem,” City Councilman Justin Brannan, of Brooklyn, said.
City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, of Queens, is sponsoring the bill.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately thats not enough. Greedy salesmen will still park their vehicles in and around commercial districts where there is alot of pedestrian traffic. I see them all the time. The vehicles list the year, mileage and a number to call which is usually a google number so that they are hard to track down. What the city should do is focus on out of state licenses plates from local drivers who are cheating the system.

Anonymous said...

Aren't there already laws on the books prohibiting this? Why the hell don't they enforce them. Oh Wait, there's no press in enforcing laws like this I suppose.

Anonymous said...

And it's not just the car dealers. As Joe Moretti used to document, there are so many auto shops in Jamaica that park cars (in various stages of repair and dis-repair) on both sidewalks and on streets, without any license plates.

If existing laws are not enforced, then I don't see how more laws will be - but it's a start.

Joe Moretti said...

AND what about auto body shops, like all those thug auto body shops on Merrick Blvd in Jamaica who have not only taken over the sidewalks, but the surrounding streets and the one lane of Merrick Blvd, which all the clowns in office are aware of but do nothing.

Why constantly sponsor bills, when laws on the books are never enforced to begin with.

As usual more bullshit, more sponsoring bills, more studies...............and yet this shitty city is still a big mess.

Anonymous said...

My friends had this problem. They lived around the block from a car dealership on northern Blvd and the car dealership would park their cars in front of their driveway so they always had to go to the dealership to ask them to move the car. When my friend called the police on them, the police told my friends that they can't report it because they were only renters and they would have to get the owner of the house to call the police to report it. When they told me this I was like "wtf???"...lazy ass cops.

Anonymous said...

Now what are we gonna do about the cars parked all over with no license plates or expired out of state plates?

Anonymous said...

Come over to Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 96th & Beach 95th, Stacey Pheffer Amato parks her SUV right on the sidewalk next to her Rockaway Beach Office. Best part is, it's three bus stops. You see when you own both a pizzeria down the block and Mommy was the County Clerk, you get to break the law.

Anonymous said...

"Back in the day", it was understood that a small donation to "the Sergeants Club" or the "Captains Club" would take care of any violations to parking on the sidewalk. Of course, since we don't do that anymore, wonder how these violations still go unticketed?

Anonymous said...

The City should just boot all the illegally parked dealer's cars. They will get the message fast when they have have to pay to get their cars back.

Anonymous said...

@"Back in the day" - in Staten Island it's due to the "who's cousin are you" relationship - no cash necessary.

Anonymous said...

I think it would be much easier for the city to bring back the parking violation stickers they used to put on windows as it is the perfect solution for this type of problem. It is quick for an officer or inspector to affix to a window, so they can walk down a row of cars on the sidewalk and hit every one with a sticker before the business realized they have been caught, and stickers are light enough and small enough for the officers to carry a bundle of them in their back pockets when they are responding to other types of problems. Removing them was always a big pain which will make the dealers think twice about parking on the sidewalk, and the inspectors wont need to worry about trying to figure out which dealership owns the car parked on the sidewalk in cases where it could be ambiguous or where there are multiple nearby dealerships. With the stickers the inspector can be in, out, and onto the next inspection within a few minutes which would allow a small team of inspector or officers to cover the entire city very efficiently.

Anonymous said...

>"Back in the day", it was understood that a small donation to "the Sergeants Club" or the "Captains Club" would take care of any violations to parking on the sidewalk. Of course, since we don't do that anymore, wonder how these violations still go unticketed?

A small donation to the Mayor's campaign fund, of course.

Luis Perez said...

That new Kia dealership on Northern Blvd, across from silver star star mercedes is a bad offender. Zipping down northern and have to screech to a halt.

These salesmen are the biggest offenders. They care about commission and having an easy job of shuffleing cars.

Another dealer near 61 street and northern do this regurlaly ,even with parents and small children have to walk by their lot.

Anonymous said...

The 108 Police Precinct does not enforce the car rules or give any tickets, so without that documentation, the new bill will mean nothing,