Feb. 22, 2019 By Nathaly Pesantez
Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a much-anticipated plan yesterday that takes the next steps toward overhauling the “broken placard system” that has plagued New York City’s streets “for a long, long time,” with new technologies, a penalty system and a dedicated enforcement unit among the measures to be implemented.
The plan aims to phase out the use of physical, city-issued parking placards and replace them with a digital parking management system by 2021. The city will also enforce a three-strike policy against bad actors who misuse a placard, which will result in the placard’s permanent revocation.
Misuse, or fraudulent use of a placard would also count as a new and separate violation on top of a parking violation. A new Department of Transportation team would also be dedicated to enforcing placard rules, and will be dispatched to hot spots around the city first.