The Bloomberg administration is rejecting a slew of city council bills designed to make parking easier in New York City.
Among the proposals given a thumbs down by the administration was a bill sponsored by council member James Vacca to force ticket issuers to take a picture of the offense for which the summons is being written.
“We get $600 million a year from traffic enforcement tickets but the city is judge and jury,” said Vacca. “Those pictures would go a long way, many tickets would not be issued if the enforcement agents had to take a picture of the offense, many people would be able to prove their innocence.”
The police department argues ticket agents could be endangered by having to take some snapshots and says taking other pictures could be made impossible by darkness or weather.
Another proposals would prohibit any late fees on parking tickets until 30 days after a final judgment.
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.
“The police department argues ticket agents could be endangered by having to take some snapshots and says taking other pictures could be made impossible by darkness or weather.”
Hmm. Darkness or weather doesn’t seem to stop them from taking pictures when it’s in their favor, like the red light cameras all over the place. . . .