Public comments for: DOT Notice of Public Hearing and Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Traffic Rules--Placards

Comments

Comment:
These proposed changes are badly needed in our community but they do not go far enough in addressing this very serious problem. In Chinatown, the 5th Precinct has turned the sidewalks of Elizabeth street into a parking lot for their private vehicles at the expense of the safety at the very community they are suppose to protect. They even go so far as to put a fraudulent "Police Department Parking only" laminated paper next to the real No Standing anytime sign to attempt to legitimatize their illegal activities and hide their corruption. Because the cause of the problem is the systematic "non-enforcement" of certain laws by the NYPD, there can be NO DISCRETION when it comes to giving out fines to placard abusers. It is solely because of the improper and illegal discretion by the NYPD that this problem exists in the first place.
Agency: DOT
Comment:
I support the proposed amendments. The improper use of placards, as well as substitutes that include photocopies, law-enforcement cloth patches, reflective vests, toy badges, law-enforcement "family member" identification, and other non-placard materials, often create safety and traffic considerations that affect pedestrians, cyclists, and other motorists, not to mention the cost of stolen parking and loss of fines revenue.
Agency: DOT