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A minute past the meter? Egads!!

December
21

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.

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

This entry was posted on Monday, December 21st, 2009 at 12:08 pm by Ken Valenti. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: Michael Bloomberg, Parking

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Going Places is written by transportation writers Khurram Saeed and Ken Valenti. Khurram's transportation column, "Getting There," runs Wednesdays in Rockland. Ken's column, "Going Places," runs Mondays in Westchester and Putnam. Join in the conversation and share tips on coping with fellow commuters.

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Khurram SaeedKhurram SaeedKhurram Saeed has been reporting for The Journal News since 2000. He writes about transportation issues in Rockland and has a weekly column called Getting There, which appears Wednesdays. READ MORE


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