De Blasio Announces Parking Placard Crackdown

Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a new enforcement plan to crackdown on the improper use of parking placards around New York City.

He said the use of placards has created a number of problems, including fewer parking spaces, reduced wheelchair accessibility to the curb and reduced revenue from parking meters.

“In our increasingly crowded city, parking placard abuse is contributing to traffic congestion,” Mayor de Blasio said in a statement.

The Department of Education issued 50,000 new parking placards this month for school employees working at schools with designated street space.  That was done to resolve a dispute, but the mayor said the department would implement new controls over the placards to make sure they aren't used improperly.

“This new initiative will help ensure our City streets are kept clear and that privileges are not abused,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said.

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