NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City Councilman Vincent Gentile is introducing a bill that would suspend the need to pay parking meters on all legal holidays.
“It’s probably one of the biggest complaints I get from constituents, alternate side parking is suspended, why aren’t the meters suspended as well, because people presume that’s the case, and then they get ticketed,” Gentile said.READ MORE: Dr. Fauci Expects Decision On Whether To Resume Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine By Friday
Gentile’s measure would allow free parking at meters for around 35 additional days per year, including President’s Day, Martin Luther King Day and Veteran’s Day, WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported. There would also be free parking for a number of Christian, Jewish and Muslim holidays, as well as Election Day and the Lunar New Year.READ MORE: NYPD: Teens Climbed Fire Escape To Break Into Bronx Apartment, Stole Jewelry, Cash
“Under the current rules, we currently have a “gotcha” system and drivers are sitting ducks for ticket agents,” Gentile said in a statement released on Tuesday.MORE NEWS: Lionel Virgile Accused Of Throwing Bleach In Officer's Face, Tossing Lit Molotov Cocktail At Other Officers In Brooklyn
The bill is set to be introduced to City Council on Wednesday.