Outgoing New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has made a significant move on Thursday to eradicate the continued abuse of parking privileges in North Brooklyn.
De Blasio announced the launch of a digitized placard reader program in North Brooklyn that seeks to crack down on abuse and ensure public servants use their parking privileges appropriately.
He said starting this week, NYPD’s Traffic Enforcement Agents in Patrol Borough Brooklyn North, which stretches from Brooklyn Heights and Greenpoint to East New York, will be equipped to validate issued parking permits with handheld electronic devices.
He added that the devices will allow agents to determine if the placard was legitimately issued; if it belongs to the vehicle it’s placed in; and if it’s being used in accordance with the privileges it confers.
The launch of the digital parking placard reader is a huge help for New Yorkers since in 2021 alone the NYPD has issued 43,000 parking summonses to improperly parked vehicles displaying placards.
The data is higher by 21% than in 2020.
“Placard abuse clogs our streets and weakens New Yorkers’ trust in the government that serves them. There’s no place for it in our city, and I’m proud to take this next step toward a fairer and more accountable system,” de Blasio said.
Sources said the program’s phased rollout will begin in north Brooklyn, with a special emphasis on Downtown Brooklyn.
It will expand to lower Manhattan by mid-January, and to the rest of the city by the end of January. By 2022, all placards will be replaced with vehicle stickers.