File #: Res 0114-2022    Version: * Name: Increase the cap on commercial overnight fines for cities.
Type: Resolution Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
On agenda: 4/14/2022
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling on the State legislature to increase the cap on commercial overnight fines for cities.
Sponsors: Robert F. Holden, Kalman Yeger
Council Member Sponsors: 2
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 114, 2. April 14, 2022 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 3. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 4-14-22

Res. No. 114

 

Resolution calling on the State legislature to increase the cap on commercial overnight fines for cities.

 

By Council Members Holden and Yeger

 

                     Whereas, As one of the most densely populated cities in the Country, New York City is in a constant struggle to balance the sometimes competing needs of residents and businesses; and

                     Whereas, This is especially true when allocating street spaces for parking; and

                     Whereas, One approach has been to set time and place restrictions on where commercial vehicles can idle or park; and

                     Whereas, Generally speaking, commercial vehicles are prohibited from parking on a street for more than three hours; and

                     Whereas, It is also illegal for commercial vehicles to park overnight on residential streets between 9pm and 5am; and

                     Whereas, The fines for violating these parking rules are determined by the City; and

                     Whereas, However, under the State Vehicle and Traffic Law, the maximum amount the City can set for such violations is capped; and

                     Whereas, This can mean that the fines do not act as an effective deterrent and may simply be absorbed as the cost of doing business; and

                     Whereas, In fact, in 2021 there were almost 27,000 complaints made through 311 about illegal overnight parking of commercial vehicles, according to NYC OpenData; and

                     Whereas, Local police precincts will sometimes conduct sweeps where specialized tow trucks are brought in to remove large commercial trucks; and

                     Whereas, However, there are only six of these tow trucks to serve the whole City and finding space for the violating vehicles is difficult; and

                     Whereas, The New York State Legislature is considering some measures to address this ongoing problem; and

                     Whereas, S.3259, which was introduced in January of 2021 by Senator Leroy Comrie, seeks to increase the fines for overnight parking on New York City residential streets of tractor-trailer combinations, tractors, truck trailers and semi-trailers on residential streets in the city of New York; and

                     Whereas, S.3259 would increase the fine for an initial violation from $250 to $400 and a subsequent violation, within a six month period, would be charged at $800, up from $500; and

                     Whereas, S.3258, which was introduced in January of 2021 by Senator Comrie, also seeks to deter illegal parking; and

                     Whereas, Under this bill, a person responsible for a trailer or semitrailer that is left parked or unattended in an area like New York City, would be fined $1,000; and

                     Whereas, While these bills could help decrease the impact of illegal overnight parking, they only relate to illegal parking by certain types of trucks and do not address all types of commercial vehicles; and

                     Whereas, To address the chronic problem of overnight parking by commercial vehicles, more comprehensive state legislation needs to be introduced and passed; and

                     Whereas, Residents of New York City should not have to tolerate commercial vehicles appropriating all of the street parking in their residential neighborhoods; and

Whereas, The City should have the authority to increase the maximum fines for these types of violations so they serve as an effective deterrent; and

                     Whereas, At the moment, the capped fines are minimal enough to be factored in as a cost of doing business; now, therefore, be it

                     Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls on the State legislature to increase the cap on commercial overnight fines for cities.

 

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