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Legislators propose free parking for motorcycles in New York City

It's no secret that some of the most despised vehicle traffic laws in New York have to do with where and when people can leave their vehicles. In other words, there is nothing more infuriating for many people than getting a parking ticket.

However, in what could potentially be a big change for motorcycle riders, two lawmakers are now proposing legislation that would make parking for motorcycles free throughout New York City.

According to Councilman Peter Vallone (D-Astoria) and Assemblyman Michael DenDekker (D-Jackson Heights), motorcycle riders are getting an unfair number of parking tickets because they are not able to display muni-meter receipts.

The problem is that the receipts from the ubiquitous muni-meters are designed to be displayed on car dashboards, and there is simply no place to put them on a motorcycle where they won't fall off, be blown off, or get stolen. Penalizing motorcycle owners for that is simply unfair, they contend.

In addition, both Vallone and DenDekker argue that motorcycles are more environmentally friendly than cars in that they use less gas, generate less pollution and take up less valuable room when parked.

Just as the city has done a lot to encourage bicycle riding for environmental reasons, so, they say, the city should also encourage people to ride motorcycles, and offering free parking would be a big step in the right direction.

"The city is doing a great job with encouraging alternate forms of transportation, such as creating additional lanes for bicyclists, but we also need to do that with motorcycles," said DenDekker.

Interestingly, the city's Department of Transportation says that motorcycle riders should use clear plastic holders for their muni-meter receipts but does not specify where riders can buy the holders or where they should place them on their bikes.

It should be interesting to see if this proposed legislation gains any traction, and if New York City's estimated 38,000 motorcyclists are soon able to park for free.

Stay tuned for updates our New York vehicle traffic law blog ...

If you have been issued a traffic violation, fight to keep your driving privileges and your insurance premiums as low as possible. Consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.

Sources:

The New York Daily News, "Motorcyclists: Let us park for free," Henrick Karoliszyn, Oct. 12, 2012

The Queens Tribune, "Un-easy riders rally against tickets," Megan Montalvo, Oct. 18, 2012

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