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THE CITY COUN­CIL is look­ing to crack down on ram­pant abuse of park­ing plac­ards with a set of new bills. The leg­is­la­tion would jack up the fines for peo­ple who use bo­gus plac­ards, and cre­ate penal­ties for city work­ers with le­git­i­mate plac­ards who mis­use them. The city has handed out a whop­ping 160,000 park­ing plac­ards, to teach­ers, cops, Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion work­ers and oth­ers. Many driv­ers still use fake plac­ards — and man­age to avoid tick­ets. Mean­while, driv­ers with le­git plac­ards park where they’re not sup­posed to — on the side­walk or block­ing cross­walks. Plac­ard ho lders are only sup­posed to use them while on of­fi­cial busi­ness. Un­der the proposed leg­is­la­tion, which will be in­tro­duced next week, the min­i­mum fine for us­ing a bo­gus or unau­tho­rized plac­ard would dou­ble from $250 to $500. An­other bill would re­quire the city to yank a real plac­ard if it is used in­ap­pro­pri­ately three times in a year.

Erin Durkin

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