Eyes on the Street: Placard Abuse, From Sea to Shining Sea


We got a tip yesterday about an errant driver hogging a curbside spot in a residential area:

So, outside my house is a street with two hour parking. Today a Jaguar
with dealer plates was parked there all day. When I checked, it was
because there was an FD placard on the car.

No news there, right? Except our tipster was Streetsblog LA’s Damien Newton, and the placard in question was emblazoned with the logo of the FDNY Uniformed Firefighters Association.

Placards without borders. Gotta love it.

  • Jed

    I’ve seen several times a SUV with a FDNY placard parked at a metered spot. The placard is clearly visible, but the meter receipt is always positioned so as to block the expiration time from view….basically relying on the “good will” of the parking officer not to ticket a “team member”, a strategy that apparently works all too well

  • vnm

    Of course, it isn’t even a placard for an agency of the New York City government. It’s a placard for a union. I don’t think that it confers any special privileges, except for “courtesy”.

  • Eric

    Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.


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