Transportation commish: Paying New Yorkers to tell on illegal parkers may lead to 'verbal, physical confrontations'

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The city is concerned that the Council’s proposal to pay people for telling on drivers for illegal parking and placard abuse could lead to fighting in the streets.

“We are concerned that this could lead to many verbal and physical confrontations, pitting neighbor against neighbor,” acting Transportation Commissioner Margaret Forgione told Council members Tuesday as the city objected to the proposal, according to the New York Post.

“We worry that with this program members of the public are going to see another member of the public taking a picture of their license plate, or what have you, and that could result in split-second confrontations,” Forgione said.

She said the city also believes “a whole sort of industry and workforce will spring up” since people who tell on drivers would get a 25% cut of the $175 violations under the bill.

Council member Stephen Levin, who co-sponsored the bill, defended the legislation, saying clampdowns have not come to fruition as promised.

“I waited for enforcement on placard abuse and extreme parking violations for years, and it hasn’t happened,” Levin said. “It is irresponsible to continue to do nothing.”

Forgione countered that the city is planning to move to a digital “pay-by-plate” system that would automatically catch illegally parked cars.