A bill has been proposed that would make all traffic agents take photographs of certain parking violations.
Of course, NYC parking ticket issuing agencies and other agencies affected are against it.
Councilman James Vacca, who sponsored the bill, said the city was just concerned that it would lose revenue from “unreasonable, inappropriate, and frivolous tickets.”
“I think that’s part of the reason they’re opposed to it,” Vacca, a Bronx Democrat, said. “Traffic tickets were never meant to be a revenue raiser.”
Is the Councilman implying the city now views parking tickets as a revenue raiser? Of course he is. And it’s a big revenue raiser at that.
Images of violations like parking in bus stops, bicycle lanes, and closer than fifteen feet to a fire hydrant would stop most traffic agents from printing bogus parking tickets.
Such tickets are issued regularly–I’ve personally been the victim. I was forced to prove my ticket was bogus by taking a picture of the entire block, corner to corner, to show I wasn’t doing what I was charged with at the specific location in question.
This bill essentially puts the burden on the those who issue the parking violations to show you were doing something wrong in the first place.
It may be costly to bear that burden, but it sounds right. Isn’t that the responsibility of the prosecution when charges are brought? Defendants, from murder to NYC parking violations, are innocent until proven guilty. These pictures would serve as the proof and reverse the current nature of a parking ticket hearing–guilty until the defendant proves himself innocent.
Upgrading the ticket machines could cost as much as $60 million, but Vacca said that price tag is more like $25 million.
Regardless of the cost, good to see discussions about eliminating bogus tickets, parking or moving.
The original news story can be found here: Proposed parking ticket bill.
Submitted by Scott Feifer