Mayor Announces New Crackdown On Parking Placard Abuse

February 21, 2019 - 7:02 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — City employees will lose their parking privileges if they are caught abusing city-issued placards three times, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday.

The crackdown on placard abuse will begin by phasing out physical placards that can be placed on dashboards and moved from vehicle to vehicle, WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported.

Instead, the city will begin issuing stickers to be placed on vehicle windshields until 2021, when a new system will be put in place.

“We're going to switch to a fully digital system, pay-by-plate system, that will guarantee that our traffic agents know exactly whether someone belongs in the space they are in or not,” de Blasio said. “With a push of a button, traffic agents will know if a car is violating the parking rules and they'll know what consequences they can bring to bear.”

The mayor announced the new initiative on Thursday in Chinatown, an area that has become a hot spot for placard forgery.

Currently, the city has about 125,000 placards in circulation.

To stop the abuse, the city plans to implement a three-strike system and will ask Albany to raise the placard abuse fine to $250 per offense.