by Dovid Gold – VIN News
In an unusual twist, New York City is actually trying to return money to motorists who were issued illegal $165 parking summonses.
Councilman Vincent Gentile said he is working with the Finance Department and Comptroller Scott Stringer to determine how to refund monies to each motorist who was cited for parking in front of legal “mid-block curb cuts” or pedestrian ramps. In 2009, it was deemed legal to park in front of a curb cut which isn’t a crosswalk.
According to a report in the New York Post, the city collected over $4 million in parking summonses between August 2013 and the March 2016 from motorists who were parked at the legal curb cuts.
The NYPD has said it is working to ensure its officers know not to issue these types of parking tickets. “The department sent a training message to all officers clarifying the rule change and has communicated to commanders of precincts with the highest number of summonses, informing them of the issues within their command,” the NYPD said in a statement.
But Councilman Gentile said this strategy is insufficient. “All precinct commanders need to be made aware and make the announcement at roll call and traffic enforcement agents need to be told also. I’m going to make sure they do this,” Gentile said.