DOT Penalty Schedule

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Commissioner of DOT is authorized to promulgate rules regarding parking and traffic operations and highway operations in the City pursuant to Sections 1043 and 2903 of the New York City Charter. The rule that DOT is adding is contained within new Chapter 3 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York relating to DOT’s Penalty Schedule.

The purpose of this rule is to:
• relocate the Department of Transportation (DOT) Penalty Schedule from the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings Environmental Control Board (OATH/ECB) rules in Chapter 3 of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York to DOT’s rules in Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York;
• update the schedule as needed to reflect recently adopted rules and changes to the law; and
• provide clearer, more concise language including by replacing abbreviations ‘w/o’ and ‘s/w’ with ‘without’ and ‘sidewalk’, respectively.

Although OATH/ECB is empowered to impose penalties under the New York City Charter and has until now promulgated penalty schedules, enforcement agencies like DOT have the expertise to recommend appropriate penalties based on the severity of each violation and its effect on City residents. Moving the penalty schedule will also make it easier for the public to find the penalties, which will be located within the same title as the rules supporting the violations alleged in the summonses. Finally, the rule relocation will speed up the rulemaking process by eliminating the need for OATH/ECB approval of proposed or amended penalties for agency rules that have already gone through the City Administrative Procedure Act (CAPA) rulemaking process.

Working with the City’s rulemaking agencies, the Law Department, the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget, and the Mayor’s Office of Operations conducted a retrospective rules review of the City’s existing rules, identifying those rules that will be repealed or modified to reduce regulatory burdens, increase equity, support small businesses, and to simplify and update content to help support public understanding and compliance. The repeal and relocation of 48 RCNY § 3-124, the current rule containing OATH/ECB’s DOT penalty schedule, was identified as meeting the criteria for this initiative.

In addition to being relocated into Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York, the DOT penalty schedule is updated to add new penalties and default amounts for the following: Administrative Code sections 19-151, 19-176.2, 19-191, 19-196 as well as sections 2-07(a)(2), 2-07(b)(2), 2-09(g)(1)(i), 2-11(c)(1)(iii), 2-11(e)(10)(vii), 2-11(e)(10)(viii), 2-11 (e)(12)(ix),
2-20(q)(7), and 4-16 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY). These new penalty amounts range from $250 to $20,000.

The descriptions for the following sections are updated to reflect recently adopted language: 2-11(e)(2), 2-11(e)(11)(iv), 2-11(e)(13)(vi), 2-11(e)(16)(iii), 2-11(f)(4)(v). The penalties for these sections have not been changed.

Proposed Rule: