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David Greenfield Supporting Bill For Legal Double Parking

The following is a NY Post exclusive:

Drivers desperate for parking spots would get a reprieve under a City Council proposal to legalize double parking in certain situations, The Post has learned.

Three members this week are introducing a bill that would permit double parking for drivers waiting for a soon-to-be-vacated space or dropping off or picking up passengers.

The sponsors of the legislation say their push aims to curb a double-parking ticketing blitz that is infuriating their constituents.

“This is not a new phenomenon, that people wait for somebody to pull out of a parking spot. But it seems like what’s changed is that common sense has gone out the window in terms of the agents,” said Councilman Vincent Gentile (D-Brooklyn).

The city has given an increasing number of double-parking tickets each year under Mayor Bloomberg — from 806,112 in fiscal year 2002 to more than 1.3 million in the last fiscal year.

Gentile, who represents Bay Ridge — an area where parking spots are notoriously hard to come by — lamented that some of his constituents have been slapped with the $115 double-parking fine for simply stopping by a doctor’s office to drop off a spouse before circling the block for a legal spot.

“They’re going around and playing gotcha with people,” he said of ticketing agents, who work for the NYPD.

Gentile is introducing the bill — which is similar to one he pushed in 2005 that went nowhere — with Democrats David Greenfield of Brooklyn and Peter Vallone of Astoria, who say their constituents are complaining more than ever about zealous ticketing agents.

“It’s enforcement gone wild,” Vallone said.

“Half the time, they’re deserved, but the other half the time, the traffic agents abuse their discretion. Their first priority shouldn’t be revenue; it should be making sure that traffic moves safely.”

The bill does not address the length of time a driver would be allowed to double-park.

It is unlikely to pass muster with the mayor, who is expected to veto it if it passes the council.

“We can’t comment, since we haven’t seen the bill, but our approach has been to reduce double parking by reducing the amount of time New Yorkers have to spend alternate-side parking their cars, as we’ve done already in parts of Brooklyn and The Bronx,” said Bloomberg spokesman Marc La Vorgna.

Gentile said he was hopeful Council Speaker Christine Quinn would favor the bill, since she passed a measure last year seeking to pacify frustrated motorists by allowing them five-minute grace periods at expired parking meters.

The mayor vetoed that bill, but the council overrode him.

(Source: NY Post)

7 Responses

  1. Are you talking about STANDING (where the driver is in the car and can move it if it is blocking someone) or about PARKING (where the driver leaves the car, meaning that the owners of the car that is trapped have no easy way to move without getting a tow truck to remove the double-parked car)?????

  2. On my block a bunch of medical offices opened up. The double parking and blocking driveways is horrendous. Traffic gets blocked and people can’t get their cars out. I wish more agents would come down our block and give out tickets.
    Better still, for each double parked car two tickets should be given, one to the car driver and one to the doctor’s office!

  3. This news is making me a little bit crazy-Why is it news that greenfeld is support of a bill? when somthing is accomplished then is news

  4. How about a petition for the law, NOW, before it is knocked down? Greenfield is good for all denominations. Bloomberg should change his name .

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