Brooklyn, NY - Latest 'Ticket Trap': Traffic Agents Issuing Tickets At Former Bus Stops
Brooklyn, NY - New York City Councilman David Greenfield warned his constituents about the latest “ticket trap” today whereby Traffic Enforcement Agents are issuing tickets at bus stops where buses are no longer running. Despite vigorous opposition by Councilman David Greenfield, the MTA eliminated B23 bus service in Boro Park last week as part of a broader citywide service reduction plan aimed at closing the MTA’s $800 million budget deficit. “It’s bad enough that the MTA has given our community the short-shrift by taking away a vital bus route, but it adds insult to the injury that Traffic Enforcement Agents are issuing tickets at those affected bus stops,” Greenfield explained. “Everybody in the community knows that these bus stops are no longer in use, that’s why they are parking there. Issuing tickets to unsuspecting drivers for blocking an obsolete bus stop is nothing short of outrageous.”
After receiving inquiries from his constituents, Greenfield fired off a letter to NYPD Deputy Chief of Transportation James Tuller, and copied Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn, demanding that Tuller instruct his agents to no longer issue tickets on these routes. “You have testified before me at a City Council hearing that Traffic Enforcement Agents are employed to make our streets safe. As I told you then, I agree with you, however, I believe that sometimes Traffic Enforcement Agents unfairly target motorists. This is one of those times,” wrote Greenfield who serves on the council’s public safety committee.
“I ask that you immediately issue a memo to all Traffic Enforcement Agents in New York City instructing them not to ticket any motorists at bus stops that are no longer in use. Also, I ask that any tickets issued to drivers since these bus lines have been eliminated be dismissed.” Greenfield concluded the letter by referring Tuller to a website where the full list of eliminated bus lines in New York City is located.
Greenfield has taken the lead on combating unfair parking tickets in New York City. Last month, Greenfield partnered with Councilmembers Vincent Gentile and Peter Vallone, Jr. to introduce legislation that would reduce a significant number of unfair parking summonses by allowing drivers to double park when they are picking up or dropping off passengers, and when waiting for another driver to pull out of a parking space. That legislation now has ten co-sponsors
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