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Opening Arguments

Five minutes

The New York City Council is expected to override the mayor's veto of a bill giving drivers in certain parking zones an extra five minutes past the expired time on parking meters, escaping a fine of $65. I'm no fan of parking meters or excessive fines, but I think the mayor has a point:

Bloomberg says the law would lead to chaos. He asks how drivers and ticketers will know what time to go by.

Maybe they should get new meters that have show those extra five minutes in red. Then they can up the fine to $95 to help pay for them.

Doesn't seem so bad in Indiana some days, eh? Five minutes ex


tim zank
Mon, 12/21/2009 - 11:25am

From the article: "Supporters of the law say ticket-writers are too aggressive in giving violations one or two minutes after the expired time."

So instead of creating an entirely new, confusing, and arbitrary ordinance, why not pick up the phone, call the commander of the parking squad and tell him to instruct his meter enforcers to use a little common sense when issuing tickets?

This is the reason you have 10 gazillion stooooopid laws on the books from locals up to feds, because nobody has a frickin' lick of common sense.