2012-01-27 / Top Stories

Sanders Looks To Change Ticket Late Fees

New York City Councilman James Sanders Jr. announced the passage of Intro. 610-A, a bill that would make it impossible for motorists who receive a parking ticket to incur any additional penalties or late fees until 30 days after a guilty verdict has been sustained by an Administrative Law Judge.

“It’s my hope that this bill will provide a greater degree of fairness to parking ticket recipients as they await the ruling of an Administrative Law Judge,” said Sanders, lead sponsor of the legislation. “The new subdivision would protect those who wish to plead Not Guilty to parking tickets from incurring any additional late fees until at least 30 days after a guilty ruling has been sustained. It allows time for a full and fair hearing process to play out, without piling any additional financial burdens on top of alleged violators until after a decision has been made as to their guilt. It’s a simple matter of social, and in these difficult times, economic justice.” Presently, a late fee may be issued on parking tickets 30 days after they are issued. For those who wish to plead not guilty to the charge, additional late fees can accrue while they wait for an administrative hearing. Under the new law, late fees could not accrue until 30 days after the guilty verdict is sustained. In a slew of parking related pieces of legislation passed by the City Council on Wednesday, the Council member’s bill was one of the few that the Bloomberg administration has determined it will not veto.

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