City Council Votes To Give Grace Period For Muni-Meter Parking, End Alternate Side Violation Stickers

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — City Council has passed what they’re calling a fair parking legislative package consisting of three bills aimed at making parking a little easier in New York City.

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Speaker Christine Quinn says one bill would force a traffic enforcement agent to cancel a ticket on the spot if it were issued while the driver was in the process of paying at the Muni-Meter.

“You’ll be able to show your receipt to the agent. If it’s only been five minutes or less, that agent will void our ticket electronically on the machine they have,” said Quinn.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to veto that measure. The council promises to override.

But Bloomberg is still deciding whether to sign the measure to end the practice of putting stickers on windows of vehicles ticketed for violating alternate side rules.

“In addition to the ticket, you’ve got a big neon sticker smacked on the side of your car,” said Quinn. “What’s the point of that sticker? It’s not making the city any money, it’s not going to move your car. It’s really just to embarrass you.”

Bloomberg says he will sign a third bill that prohibits late fees on parking tickets that are being challenged.

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  • rob

    Amen to that Ned. Spot on. How on earth this guy made 4 times the money since he took office, huh? By giving out contracts to his buddies so he can receive his ill gotten gains under the table. Worse mayor ever.

    • Ned

      Two thumbs up, Rob

  • Ned

    Let’s see: this thug, dictator of a Mayor swears to veto a measure which favors humanity over greed, and he can’t make up his mind about whether or not to stop Sanitation workers from vandalizing people’s cars as a means of exacting a Cruel & Unusual Punishment on Alternate Side violators, which is not inflicted on the vast majority of alleged parking violators. This is hardly shocking from someone who: bought his way into Office, disenfranchised the Electorate, committed political rape by forcing himself on this poor town for a third term, and uses the NYPD as his private army. When is City Council going to write a bill calling for Public financing of local elections so a crook like this can’t bully and bribe his way into office, ever again? How exactly did Bloomberg increase his personal fortune by 4 times while running NYC, in an economic environment like the one in the last decade? It sure wasn’t from the salary he earned as Mayor. Where’s the investigation? People deserve an answer to this question.

  • lawrence berezin

    Making a mess of your car window as a means of adding an exclamation point to a stiff parking fine is stupid, and a waste of sanitation worker time. I’ve yet to see any data showing that sticky stickers have any effect on the parking behavior they seek to extinguish.

    It is draconian to force a member of the NYC driving community to spend his or her valuable time fighting an undeserved NYC parking ticket issued for simply walking to or fro a Muni-Meter to pay money to the Evil Empire for the privilege of parking curbside. And, what is inconceivable to me is Mayor Bloomberg’s promise to veto this Bill.

    Why would Mayor Bloomberg veto these “quality of life” parking Bills?

    Great article. Thank you.

    • Ned

      1) Because he’s a crook; 2)Because our imperial Mayor has decided that he wants to make people with cars suffer to the point that they simply give up driving

  • pugphan`

    Enuff ahweady! Tis time for a drivers union to fight this constant dipping into our pockets. WE ARE NOT ATMS! There must be drivers rights. We pay high insurance rates, constant never ending tolls, high registration taxes, and then we get it right in the old uranus every time we go into the city. Enuff! Hey youse lawyers why don’t one of youses start this ahweady. I’m ready to sign up and fight city hall. smokersodysseycom

  • JOE

    Our lovely city only cares about charging its people more and more money. The people of this city have no more money for MR MAYOR MC DOOMBURG

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