Internal Affairs Crackdown Nets Placard Abusers

orig_7060.jpegThey’re summonsing their own, and then some.

The Post reports that NYPD Internal Affairs launched a sweep last week against illegally parked placarded vehicles and fake parking permits, resulting in 178 tickets, nearly two dozen towed vehicles and the arrest of one retired officer. The operation targeted Lower Manhattan and "government and courthouse hubs" in other boroughs.

The four-day crackdown – from Tuesday, April 1, through Friday – was prompted by constant complaints from motorists and pedestrians that cars abusing their placard privileges were double-parking or using spots where they were not permitted and clogging streets.

Forty-eight of the ticketed cars belonged to the NYPD, with cops abusing either their personal placards or precinct permits. Six cop cars were towed.

The FDNY was also hit in the blitz. Three of its cars with "official" placards were ticketed. Another four FDNY cars, bearing "union" placards, were ticketed, and one of those was towed.

Six tickets were written to cars belonging to the city’s Department of Transportation, which, ironically, along with the NYPD, has been placed in charge of the mayor’s overhaul of the city’s sprawling placard problem.

Eighteen vehicles baring state placards were ticketed, with three towed.

The feds were also hammered – 21 of their cars were hit with summonses, with four towed.

According to a source quoted in the story, the city is "giving agencies a really hard time" about permit renewals, thanks to Mayor Bloomberg’s directive to cut down on placard issues.

Photo: Uncivil Servants

  • A 4 day crackdown is a good start. I’d like to see a non-stop blitz until we see real change in behavior.

  • Dave

    So what, 250 cars ticketed or towed out of 142,000 placards out there? I read here that 70% of all placard use is illegal so we have a long way to go.

    It should not have to be IAD that does this; create no-placard zones throughout the city (like Chinatown) and have the parking enforcers actually enforce it.

    Create a roving task force that challenges people on returning to their placard-parked car and issues summonses for illegal use.

    A four-day blitz is less than a drop in the bucket against this entrenched illegal behavior.

  • mike

    This is great news, but like the above comments, I’d like to see this sustained, everyday. The only way to do that is to train parking officers that they CAN ticket illegally parked cars with placards. Parking officers also need the backing of higher-ups when they are challenged. No parking officer should be fired or reprimanded for ticketing an illegally parked, no matter who it belongs to.

  • ddartley

    I’ll never forget the story of the parking officer who got suspended for writing a valid summons for a car belonging to some NYPD or DOT bigshot. What a piece of @#$% that bigshot was, to actually see to it that the parking officer got disciplined (and harshly) for doing her job.

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