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Council Expected to Override Veto of Parking Grace Period

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The City Council is poised to override Mayor Bloomberg's veto of a bill that would allow motorists a five minute grace period before a parking ticket is issued.

REPORTER: The mayor nixed the bill last week, saying it would create confusion between drivers and traffic enforcement agents. The council's Transportation Committee Chair, John Liu, says giving parkers a few minutes is less adversarial than the current practice.

LIU: It is simply not necessary to have a gotcha attitude with the city waiting around the corner for the time to tick past that exact minute.

REPORTER: The Transportation Committee will vote Monday on the override. The bill is expected to have enough votes to go before the full council at the end of the month. The grace period bill passed the council by a 47-2 vote on November 16th.

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