Councilman Wants To Crack Down On Phony Parking Permits

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Councilman Dan Garodnick is spearheading a campaign to crack down on phony parking permits, calling it a matter of safety, congestion and fairness.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports: Bogus parking permits

“It is shocking that the number of bogus permits out there are may be equal to the city’s entire yellow taxi fleet,” said Garodnick. “That is a lot of cars that are getting free parking, taking up metered spots and in some cases, just simply clouding the law.”

Armed with a report that shows one in four parking permits in the city are fraudulent — that’s anywhere from 10,000 to 25,000 — Garodnick says his bill would put a stop to this dangerous practice.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb With City Councilmen Dan Garodnick

“We’ll put a barcode on genuine city-issued permits and remove all doubt as to whether anything on the dashboard that looks like a permit is, in fact, a permit,” said Garodnick.

A Staten Island gallery owner says drivers with illegal permits are killing business.

“Our neighborhood becomes a park-and-ride for commuters which include the relatives and friends and anybody who can get their hands on a borrowed placard or a piece of paper,” he said.

Garodnick has been the lead sponsor on the parking permit reform bill since 2006 and introduced the Authentic Permit Act earlier this year.

Do you think this bill will help solve the city’s parking problems? Tell us what you think…

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  • Erik G.

    Tommy is absolutely correct. The city makes it very difficult for people to go about their daily business activities by allowing permits and restrictions to begin with. Its all in a days plan to collect more money from the working class New Yorker by issuing outrageous parking tickets. And seriously folks….. Diplomat parking??? Why is this so necessary?? It is perhaps the biggest evil of all. Why should they get this right? Why do they need it? What is so urgent about their business? Most consulate offices are only open for a few hours anyway. I would also like to see how Councilman Garodnick uses his parking permit.

  • Tommy

    There should be NO parking permits. Let the City’s employees take public transportation like everyone else. Make the Diplomats pay to park their Mercedes’ in the parking garage like the rest of us, they can afford it.

  • Roy

    sounds liike a good start,and I agree with Dan Te.those bogus handcapped i’d’s need to be included………

  • Big Nard

    Garodnick has a parking permit that is why he going after fake permits.

  • Gregory

    Relocate your business outside of NYC. The crooks will always find a way to beat the system. So why not opt for a different system.

    • Josh

      Why not move outside of NYC while you are at it? Your suggestion is about as stupid as could be. Gregory is the smart one. Yeah!!!

  • Dan Te

    How about those bogus handicap parking displays?

    • luckyjoe

      Will the barcode have all the info of the vehicle on it? License plate, vin number, make of car. Who will scan them NYPD, Traffic? The biggest violators of the parking permits are the same people who will probably be scanning them NYPD, Traffic, take a look around City Hall area. From Vessy – Canal, West St – Front St. Tell me what you see. Cars parked in crosswalks, fire hydrants, double parked. If it was you or me we would get as many tickets as possible and then towed on top of that. Will it work who knows.

      • Raymond

        So sad….,so TRUE.

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