'Ticket blitz' included in NYC budget could cost drivers $42M: report

Maya Rajamani
July 01, 2020 - 3:23 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A “ticket blitz” included in New York City’s newly-passed budget could cost drivers who don’t heed parking rules up to $42 million, according to a report. 

The City Council adopted a budget early Wednesday morning that includes “an obscure provision that lists a $42 million ‘Cut/Shift’ in revenue from 165 traffic enforcement agents,” the New York Post reported

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 A source told the Post the NYPD will reassign dozens of Traffic Enforcement Division workers and have them start writing tickets “to counter the fiscal effects of the coronavirus crisis.” 

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday said he supported the provision, adding that the city would “do enforcement only where it’s appropriate and ensure that people understand there are consequences,” according to the outlet. 

“The fact is, the reason someone gets a ticket is if they’re doing something wrong,” he said. 

“And so what’s clear is, we still have a real problem in terms of traffic enforcement, of parking enforcement (in) areas where people are not following the laws, and that creates a problem for their fellow New Yorkers,” he added.