Above the Law: Parking Permit Abuse Study Released

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Transportation Alternatives has released a study of parking permit abuse among New York City employees (as observed in nine neighborhoods). Their press release notes the study’s key findings:

  • Citywide, more than 3 out of every 4 permit holders (77%) use their permits illegally.
  • The NYPD is responsible for 46% of illegal permit abuse, by far the largest share from any single agency.
  • Of valid permits used illegally at the curbside (i.e. illegally parking at signs with riders forbidding that particular permit’s usage), the NYPD is responsible for 63% of the abuse.
  • Of permit abuse that caused safety hazards, such as blocking fire hydrants, parking on sidewalks, in crosswalks, intersections, and bus stops, the NYPD again leads the way with 61% of overall abuse.
  • Court Officers are responsible for the majority of fraudulent permits with 54% of the total, followed by Corrections, Court Clerks, and the FDNY.

See Transportation Alternatives’ website for the press release (pdf) and the full report (larger pdf), where the above photo appears.

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