City Council examines seven parking proposals

June 22, 2011 3:21:58 PM PDT
The City Council's Transportation Committee is examining seven proposals aimed at making parking easier in New York City.

Finding a parking spot in New York City can be frustrating, maddening, exhausting, and costly.

"They give you a ticket everywhere you stop, you get fed up with that," said Juan Padilla, a motorist.

The New York City Council has heard the complaints and Wednesday morning the Transportation Committee, chaired by Councilman James Vacca, examined seven different proposals aimed at making the job of finding a parking space in the city a little less aggravating.

"Every night you have to fight for it, and change for alternate side of the street parking rules," a motorist said.

Among the proposals is a plan to use cameras to photograph violations before a ticket is issued.

Instead of a fixed camera, the agent himself would be required to take the picture.

The idea is to prevent drivers from wrongfully being accused of a violation.

"An opportunity to give to a motorist, to prove there is reasonable doubt, and that picture would provide an opportunity," said Councilman James Vacca.

Other proposals include one-day permits with special parking privileges for residents who are moving.

Another would suspend alternate side parking regulations when film shoots take up spaces.

And another one would prohibit any late fees on parking tickets until 30 days after a final judgment.

However, some believe the city's budget problems makes this a bad time to cut back on a needed revenue source.

"I don't know if this is the best place to spend the money, I think there are lot of other things going on the city," said Nancy Wiser, a motorist.

Meanwhile, the city's Department of Transportation believes it has already done a lot to improve parking in the city from the increased use of the muni-meter system to making it easier to resolve summons online, still many believe the city can do more.