NYC is writing off corporation's parking tickets to keep the courts free

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NYC is allowing big corporations to write off parking tickets — all in an apparent move to keep the courts from backing up

When New York City issues fines to corporations, there’s a good chance that the fine isn’t actually being paid, thanks to the Stipulated Fine Program. The program, launched in 2004, lets companies with two or more business vehicles sign away their right to appeal parking tickets in exchange for accepting a lower ticket amount or to not be charged anything at all.

Essentially the program is a way to reduce the amount of insignificant claims clogging up the courtrooms and it’s effective on 30 of the 99 specific violations chargeable by the city, such as parking in front of a fire hydrant or double parking.

The biggest issue with this program is that, by letting companies get out of tickets for free, they can continue doing what got them the ticket in the first place. Double parking causes major congestion and parking in bike lanes is forces cyclists to battle with dangerous traffic.

When someone receives a ticket there’s a required $15 fee that’s split between the State and City, with the former’s portion funding things like safe incentive programs and efforts to reduce drunk driving. But when the fine isn’t collected the fee can’t be either, leading to a reduction in spending on these important programs, costing the state up to $22.5 million.

Then in May, when the Department of Finance announced it would be increasing the fines — from $0 to $25 of the actual $95 for parking in a no-standing zone and from $40 to $100 for blocking a lane of traffic, which normally costs $115 — companies operating in the city were furious, pressuring city hall to let them continue breaking the law without paying for it. Firms included in the lobbying include Fresh Direct, FedEx and United Parcel Services, among a coalition of small delivery companies.

It seems like the best option for these companies is to, well, instruct their drivers to park properly.

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