2015-01-28 / Front Page

Call To Ban Overnight Parking For Out-Of-State Cars

BY LIZ GOFF

A Queens lawmaker is proposing a new law that would prohibit out-of-state motorists from parking their vehicles overnight on city streets.
Assemblymember Michael Miller introduced the measure that would make it illegal to park vehicles with out-of-state plates on city streets between 2 and 5 a.m. Vehicles parked in violation of the law would be towed.
Miller said New York City and other parts of the state have become inundated with out-of-state vehicles that take up precious local parking spaces, “to the detriment of local residents.”
Miller said by registering vehicles with out-of-state plates, motorists are either committing fraud by avoiding fines they accumulated for illegal parking or other state Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) fees.
Law enforcement sources said many New Yorkers register their vehicles out-of-state by using a relative’s address because they simply cannot afford to pay the fines they have accumulated for any number of reasons.
“How many times do you see a neighbor’s car suddenly appear with plates from places like Maryland, North Carolina, Florida or Pennsylvania when you know the owner is living next door?” law enforcement sources said.
“These people rack up thousands of dollars in parking and other motor vehicle related fines and laugh them off, until they find they can’t register their vehicle unless they fork over the original fine and accrued penalties,” the sources said.  
“They can’t, or won’t pay up, so they register their car in their name or a relative’s name, get out-of-state plates and drive around as a scofflaw,” the sources said. “This is nothing new, it’s been going on for years and years. Some of these people register out-of-state because they can’t get insurance here, so they make a down payment in another state and let it expire, then drive in the city without insurance,” the sources said.
Under the law proposed by Miller, valid out-of-state motorists could apply for a sticker that would exempt their vehicle from the measure, allowing them to park overnight on city streets. New Yorkers who own property in another state and bring legitimately registered vehicles into the city would also be able to qualify for the stickers, Miller said.
To qualify for the exemption, motorists would have to supply the Vehicle Identification Number of their vehicle to the DMV for a background check to determine if they are in default of any fines.
Miller said he proposed the legislation because he wants to provide parking spaces for residents who pay insurance and motor vehicle fees in New York State.

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