City Council Passes Bill Banning Parking Violation Stickers

Councilman David G. Greenfield (Photo: New York City Council)

Today the City Council passed a bill that would ban the difficult-to-remove bright green stickers the Department of Sanitation places on cars parked on the wrong side of the street in violation of alternate-side parking regulations. The bill was introduced by Councilman David Greenfield.

“Punishing drivers with these impossible-to-remove stickers is unfair and unnecessary. New York City doesn’t employ methods of public humiliation and shame for those who violate serious crimes, yet has no problem defacing private property with neon stickers because you forgot to move your car on an alternate-side parking day,” Councilman Greenfield said in a statement announcing the bill’s passage. “This common-sense legislation will make life a little bit saner for New Yorkers.”Shortly after he introduced the bill in November, Councilman Greenfield told The Politicker he thinks the stickers are “cruel and unnecessary.”

The bill would not affect the $45 to $60 fines given to drivers who park on the wrong side of the street.

Now that the Council passed the bill, it is up to Mayor Michael Bloomberg to either sign the bill into law or veto it. However, Mayor Bloomberg doesn’t seem inclined to get rid of the stickers. In an interview on John Gambling’s radio show in November, the mayor said he thinks the city should keep the stickers and compared those who park illegally and complain about the punishment to someone who murders their parents and doesn’t understand why they get sent to jail.

“If people are complaining, then we should keep doing it,” Mayor Bloomberg said. “I mean–don’t break the law. It’s almost like, you know, you murder your parents and then you say to the judge, ‘But I’m an orphan, you can’t put me in jail.’ Don’t murder your parents, you don’t have, you’re not an orphan, and in this case, don’t break the law you don’t have to worry about it.”

  City Council Passes Bill Banning Parking Violation Stickers