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.

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“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.

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“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.

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