FDNY: You Caused The Accident? You’re Paying A Fine

NEW YORK (CBS 2) – Lawmakers are pumping the brakes on the Fire Department of New York’s plan to charge drivers who cause accidents.

The FDNY said it wants drivers to pay a so-called crash tax as high as $490.

Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano said the department cannot sustain itself in this economy without new ways of bringing in revenue.

“Well we have problems in the city. This is the worst budget we’ve seen probably in my 40 years with the department,” Cassano said. “I have 20 company closings at night on the table right now so every fee that I don’t get to collect for. That’s just another operational resource that we’re gonna lose.”

A group of local and state lawmakers is introducing legislation requiring any service fees charged by city agencies to be approved by City Council first.

  • Voice of Wisdom

    So the NYFD is planning to supplant the courts and adjudicate fault in an accident?

  • bush

    Back in the early 19th century, firemen used to offset financial difficulty by stealing from the people they were helping at the time. I kind of like that idea … it’s kinda the same thing here.

    The beauty is the politicians will set the laws and the people will get angry with the rank-and-file fireman. And the funds will certainly never get to where they need to be.


  • john a.

    maybe if we weren’t paying these guys six-figure pensions we wouldn’t be having budget problems

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