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City Council introduces bill to curb fake parking placards

A vehicle parked on 33rd Street in Midtown

A vehicle parked on 33rd Street in Midtown with a placard on the dashboard. The City is planing a crackdown on artificial Credentialed parking placards in and around the City. Photo Credit: RJ Mickelson/amNY

City Council members Wednesday introduced a bill that would require barcodes on all parking placards in an effort to crackdown on rampant abuse.

Nearly a quarter of permits placed on vehicle dashboards are fake, according to a report released yesterday by the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives. And more than half of the permits surveyed were either being used illegally or were forged.

Using a barcode on the 118,000 placards issued to authorized city workers would help police quickly identify bogus documents, Councilman Daniel Garodnick (D-Manhattan) told colleagues Wednesday during a transportation committee hearing.

Susan Petito, Assistant Commissioner of Intergovernmental Affairs for the NYPD, disagreed.

“A good photocopy will replicate the barcode and so that would come up as a valid permit,” Petito said, without offering an alternative solution to the problem.

The NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau unit has written 30,000 summonses for illegal placard parking since 2008, she noted.

The council’s transportation committee is slated to vote on the bill and six others in the fall including:

- Issuing one-day parking permits for people moving in and out of the city.

- Establishing a pilot program requiring traffic agents to include a photo of the ticketed vehicle in addition to the parking summons.

- Suspending alternate side parking rules on streets adjacent to TV and movie filming.

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