New York City councilman Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan) is hoping to change alternate side parking regulations, giving locals and commuters more access to parking.
Current regulations ban parking for a period of time – approximately 90 minutes – so that street sweepers can pass through.
Under the new regulations, drivers will be able to park their cars after the sweepers pass through, eliminating the no-parking time period drivers have to wait until they can park their cars.
Rodriguez first introduced the bill in 2010. Despite support from the majority of the Council – including Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) – the bill did not progress.
Rodriguez is hoping that Mark-Viverito’s new position as speaker of the NYC Council will help the bill to pass. A Mark-Viverito spokesman would not comment on whether she will support the bill.
The Department of Sanitation is concerned that officers writing traffic violations for alternate-side parking won’t know if a sweeper has passed by or not.
Last year’s parking ticket revenues totaled $70 million, with $1.2 million of that revenue coming from alternate-side parking violations.