City Council Takes Stand Against Placard Abuse In Bill Passage

Posted on: December 2nd, 2019 at 5:05 am by

Parking placards be damned.

Last week, City Council passed a package of bills to curb placard abuse. Sponsored by Councilwoman Margaret Chin, the legislation (Intro 932) specifies penalties for violations, including revocation of parking privileges from anyone guilty of misusing a City-issued placard more than three times or using a fraudulent placard once.

In fact, the abuse is so rampant, especially downtown, that a vigilante roves the streets photographing offenders and posting to Twitter under the @placardabuse handle.

Other bills in the legislative package aim to develop a comprehensive plan to track and implement placards, increase fines for offenders, create an electronic tracking system to hold users of counterfeit permits accountable, and make it easier for constituents to report and share photos of instances of abuse through 311.

Intro 932 is expected to take effect 90 days after Mayor de Blasio signs it into law.

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