In 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan to crack down on parking-placard abuse. As of September, not a single permit had been taken away from a municipal worker, according to Scott Gastel, a spokesperson for the city Department of Transportation – the agency that issues the perk.
This revelation comes as a special interagency placard enforcement unit de Blasio launched in February 2019 has been dismantled, a victim of cuts in the pandemic-battered city budget. It comes even after some placard-holders – among them City Council members – have racked up unpaid bills for traffic and parking violations.
Placards allow parking in designated areas and are intended to help city employees fulfill their work duties. But some workers flaunt them to illegally park – much to the consternation of many New Yorkers. In 2018, city agencies issued more than 125,000 placards.
Under a three-strikes policy introduced in 2019, any city worker found to have repeatedly misused or fraudulently used a permit was supposed to lose the placard, after getting a warning and an opportunity to appeal the decision. A placard holder can also have their parking permit revoked or suspended if parking and traffic violations exceed $350 go unpaid for 90 days.
Gastel confirmed that his agency has sent some city employees warning letters for misuse of a placard, after their first violation for misusing the permit or if they amassed at least $150 in unpaid traffic or parking violations. In July, the New York Post reported that warning letters were on tap for 389 city employees.
Source: The City