UncivilServants.org: Cleaning Up Illegal Permit Parking

In New York City, a privileged class of workers numbering in the thousands breaks the law every day by using government-issued permits to park their personal vehicles wherever they want. They disrupt traffic, create safety
hazards, and degrade quality of life and, yet, no matter how much people complain, nothing ever seems to change. One study estimates that illegally parked government employees cost the city $46 million annually in unpaid parking fees.

Finally, you can do something about it. UncivilServants.org gives anyone with a digital camera and an Internet connection the ability to slap a virtual "ticket" on the windshield of a parking permit abuser. By joining in you help show the full, citywide scope of the problem; car by car, block by block, agency by agency. If the city won’t deal with the problem, you can.


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Weingarten: “Teachers Are Not Abusers of Parking Permits”

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A car with a teacher’s permit on the dashboard is parked beneath a "No Parking Anytime" sign. The license plate number does not match the one printed on the permit. (UncivilServants.org) United Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten sent a letter to Mayor Bloomberg Friday expressing objections to his plan to reduce the number of […]

Central Park No Longer a Parking Lot for City Employees

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Badda Bing! NYPD “Taking Care of” New Parking Placards

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A commenter on Uncivilservants.org noticed that Mayor Bloomberg’s attempt to reign in parking permit abuse is already being met with some good old-fashioned NYPD blowback: Posted on Fri, Jan 25 2008 at 10:49 PM Found on the Rant: "The new placards are slowly circulating to individual mos and all that has changed is the addition […]