Plan to photograph parking violators

June 22, 2009 8:57:16 PM PDT
If you thought finding a parking spot in New York City was hard, just try beating a parking ticket. Millions of them are printed out across the city every year. Last year traffic agents processed 10-million dollars worth of tickets that brought in 624-million dollars for the city.

In the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx, residents believe they've contributed their fair share to city coffers.

Because they are frustrated with how the city tickets their cars, some like Mike Nani are backing a new idea.

"That would be fantastic," Nani said.

Parking ticket legislation Councilman James Vacca is steering through city hall government.

"When a person gets a ticket they feel like they are guilty until proven innocent. They are finding it impossible to prove themselves innocent," Vacca said.

To level the playing field, he has co-sponsored a bill proposing that traffic agents leave a photograph with that ticket on the windshield.

Proof of the violation.

There are several major road blocks to getting something like that on the books.

The NYPD isn't on board, reportedly citing cost as a factor.

By some estimates, changing the way tickets are processed could cost as much as 60-million dollars.

But supporters of the bill believe the NYPD is trying to get way too much mileage out of that figure. They contend the cost would be tens of millions of dollars lower.

Until something changes, some Pelham Bay residents plan to be extra careful. Others continue to express their frustration with parking penalties that they view as bad for their pocket books and their businesses.


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