A minute past the meter? Egads!!
I’m checking out the announcement that the New York City council is about to grant people who park in the city a break of they’re a couple of minutes late getting back to their cars.
To do this, they are defying Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who shows no great love for those who drive to his fair city. According to the Associated Press story (below), Bloomberg says the law would lead to chaos.
Doesn’t that seem a bit extreme?
Confusion, maybe. Frustration, perhaps. But “chaos?” People running amok? Screaming in the streets?
But maybe that was just AP’s word. Still, it strikes me as a bit much. (Don’t look at me, Mr. Mayor, I almost always take Metro-North when I hit Manhattan.) Anyway, here’s the story…
NEW YORK (AP) — The City Council is expected to grant drivers a five-minute grace period in certain parking zones around New York City.
The council has the 34 votes needed to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto. It passed the bill last month by a vote of 47 to 2.
The legislation gives drivers an extra five minutes past the expired time on some meters and parking signs.
The fine for those violations is generally $65.
Bloomberg says the law would lead to chaos. He asks how drivers and ticketers will know what time to go by.
Supporters of the law say ticket-writers are too aggressive in giving violations one or two minutes after the expired time