City Council Votes For Muni-Meter Grace Period, Banishes Alternate-Side Stickers

Officials Overwhelmingly Override Mayor Bloomberg's Veto On Both Measures

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New Yorkers rejoice!

The City Council on Wednesday voted to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg on two issues that have long-plagued drivers in NYC.

They voted 50-0 to ban the city’s use of the impossible-to-remove neon stickers that get plastered on the vehicles of those who violate alternate-side parking regulations.

1010 WINS’ Holli Haerr Speaks With Happy Drivers

In addition, the Council also voted 47-2 to allow for a 5-minute grace period at muni-meters before officers can issue a ticket.

Brooklyn Councilman David Greenfield has led the charge against the parking violation stickers, calling them a “punitive form of punishment.”

“They’re cruel, they’re unfair and they’re very difficult to try to remove,” Greenfield said. “The job of the Sanitation Department should be to clean the city of New York, not to deface private property.”

Drivers in the West Village know what it’s like to cut it close at the muni-meters or get one of the much-maligned stickers on their cars. Some of them spoke of their frustrations with 1010 WINS reporter Holli Haerr.

“I’ve had people giving me tickets within three or two minutes,” one man said.

“I actually had officers standing next to the car, waiting for the time to expire,” another driver remarked.

Others like Tess Rose said she didn’t even try to remove the alternate-side parking violation sticker from her car.

“It rained and slowly started to just come off and there was a big stain,” she told Haerr.

“Driving in New York City is one of the most frustrating experiences,” Greenfield said. “People try to do the right thing. They get a parking ticket, it’s one thing. To deface their car with an impossible-to-remove sticker [is] quite another.”

What do you think of a 5-minute muni-meter grace period and no more sticky stickers?  Share your thoughts below…

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  • Some Judges Do Have a Heart

    Some judges do have a heart. I remember when I was sitting shiva after my father passed away and I couldn’t leave the house to move the car – and my friend who had agreed to do so forgot. I told the judge the whole story by mail w/proof and he/she dismissed the ticket as being “illegible.”

    • S

      Some – not all; wish that worked for me. Sorry about your father.

  • lieutenantdan

    The parking violations bureau should not be allowed to place the stickers on personal property such as car windows. I have never had this happen to me but I have seen people trying to get these stickers off and it seems to be very difficult
    to do.
    I believe that a fine is good enough.
    Sticker are a petty and do deface personal property.
    I do agree that we need our street cleaned.

    • The Realist

      The Parking Violations Bureau DOESN’T place stickers on cars. You’re thinking of Sanitation.

  • Dave

    NY’ers sure whine excessively maybe they should try this new drugs it’s called Sukitup. Cordially yours the flyover States.

  • BF

    I parked what I though was legal. Others were parked as well. The signs were defaced. I came back to a $65 ticket. I took pictures of the defaced signs and the block and this was not enough for the ticket to be dismissed. I HATE NYC>

    • The Realist

      If it wasn’t a legal space, then you KNEW that it wasn’t a legal space. No sympathy here.

    • BF is full of BS

      You just to learn how to read and park in NYC.And yes New Yorkers hate you too.

  • Rob Maeurer

    My parking rule – tow all non-service vehicles double parked on narrow one way streets

  • Robert Moses

    The City should get rid of all parking meters and make up the lost revenue by shutting down the subway and bus system.

  • S

    The city should discuss tickets given during funerals. After getting a ticket at my grandmother’s funeral (I had the funeral placard up and this happened right next to our place of worship), I tried to fight it hoping a judge would have a heart – nope. I know it’s not the judge’s job to have a heart but I tried. AND, I get a lovely letter saying I have to pay the ticket, ok, I understand BUT an additional penalty? Come on now. Thanks for adding insult to injury and bringing back the sad memories of that sad day.

    • The Realist

      Funerals are NOT exempt from parking or laws.

      Here’s a new and radical idea… Maybe people should PARK LEGALLY for once in their lives.

      • S

        I was parked legally – my meter ran out, I was on my way to refill it.

        • The Realist

          You were parked legally ONLY until the meter ran out. After that, you were ILLEGALLY parked (unless, of course, you are exempt from all laws).

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