May 24, 2017
Tough enforcement, including a new NYPD unit, will include fines, strict work-related penalties, and towing
THE BRONX, NY—Alongside NYPD, DOT and DOE officials at Concourse Village Elementary School in the Bronx, Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced a new Citywide enforcement plan to crack down on the improper use of City parking placards.
“In our increasingly crowded city, parking placard abuse is contributing to traffic congestion,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “However, more important, when drivers with placards block crosswalks, fire hydrants or bike lanes, they endanger public safety as well. Few things irk New Yorkers more than their fellow citizens taking advantage of a system that was designed to aid in public service delivery. Instead, placard abuse is starting to erode faith in the integrity of government, so we are taking action today to make things right.”
Speakers today noted that the problems created by placard abuse include reduced wheelchair accessibility to the curb, reduced parking spaces for authorized users, and reduced revenue from parking meters. The City is committed to reducing the improper and fraudulent use of parking placards across the five boroughs, particularly in civic centers where public employee workplaces are clustered and around schools, where school employees with new parking placards will be competing for a limited set of authorized parking spaces.
Effective immediately, New York City will:
Implement Strict Controls for New DOE Parking Placards.
This month, to resolve an outstanding dispute, the DOE issued 50,000 new parking placards for school employees working at schools with designated street space. The DOE will be implementing strict new controls for parking placards to minimize illegal or improper parking behavior.
Pursue Tough New Enforcement Actions to Crack Down on Placard Fraud and Abuse Across All City Agencies.
DOT and NYPD will pursue new enforcement actions to crack down on placard forgery/counterfeiting and abuse across all City agencies, including creating a new anti-placard-fraud unit at NYPD. As DOT proceeds with its annual re-issuance of placards, the agency will continue to identify ways to incorporate enhanced anti-forgery protections.
Lay The Groundwork for Long-Term Technological Solutions.
DOT will explore development of a unified system for management, enforcement and tracking of both placards and metered parking payments tied to license plate numbers. Best practices in cities across the world include license plate reader technology that can scan all vehicles on a block for paid parking sessions or legal parking permits and automatically generate appropriate violations if necessary. Such a system would provide an added measure of fraud prevention and allow for greater efficiency in enforcement by allowing agents to cover more ground.
In order to help spread the word on the heightened rules and regulations concerning placard usage, the City will launch a public awareness campaign to help educate City employees. The campaign will reinforce the City’s zero tolerance for placard and fraud abuse and the associated penalties for engaging in such behavior, including towing, new fines and permanent revocation of parking privileges. It will also encourage members of the public who observe parking placard violations to call 311 to report them.
“This new initiative will help ensure our City streets are kept clear and that privileges are not abused,” said NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill. “The Department of Transportation’s new security features on City placards will also assist the Department with enforcement of forgeries and non-official placards.”
"The increasing abuse of placards has increased congestion in some of our City's busiest areas," said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. "However, placard abuse does far worse: it also decreases street accessibility and safety, causes financial loss, and challenges the very notions of fairness and equity that government is sworn to uphold. I look forward to working with our partners at the NYPD on a critical effort to tackle this problem."
“School staff has clear guidance regarding parking permit usage, and we continue to work in close partnership with the NYPD and DOT to monitor school-based permits,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “We will remain vigilant in ensuring all permits are being carefully tracked and appropriately used.”
"Placard abuse is rampant in our city so this crackdown is welcome news," said Council Transportation Chair Ydanis Rodriguez. "Not only is this a violation of the public trust, but it endangers New Yorkers and hurts our city's efforts to combat climate change and traffic deaths. When people are forced to pay for the parking they use, they are less incentivized to drive. At the same time, when drivers feel they can park anywhere without consequences, they often end up in bike lanes, bus stops, crosswalks and other spaces that create hazardous conditions for all New Yorkers. It's time to crack down on this behavior and I applaud Mayor de Blasio for this effort."