Last Updated on November 29, 2014 by Lawrence Berezin
Commercial vehicles enrolled in parking fine settlement programs face unwelcome changes in the rules
The Evil Empire has implemented significant changes in the way it conducts NYC parking ticket business with companies making deliveries or service calls in New York City. No more Mr. Nice Evil Empire. The revised rules are aimed at changing Finance’s enforcement, collection, and expulsion practices.
Protests were made by the media at the NYC Department of Finance for its lax collection and enforcement behavior towards companies enrolled in the Commercial Abatement Program and Stipulated Fine Program. The NYC public cried foul against the Evil Empire for bestowing parking perks to make life easier and more affordable for businesses making deliveries or service calls in NYC.
Here are some of the changes in store for commercial vehicles
- Establishing that the failure of a company to satisfy summonses that have entered judgment status and total in the aggregate more than $350 will result in termination of the company’s enrollment in the Fleet Program
- Providing that a company may enroll in the Fleet Program only by executing an enrollment agreement using a form or format established by the Commissioner of Finance
- Establishing that if a company that is enrolled in the Stipulated Fine Program fails to satisfy summonses that enter judgment status, and total in the aggregate, including interest, more than $350, the outstanding summonses will be subject to enforcement actions, the company will be responsible for the full unreduced fine amounts, the company will not be permitted to adjudicate any such outstanding summons, and the company’s enrollment in the Stipulated Fine Program will be terminated
- Providing the schedule of penalties applicable to companies enrolled in the Stipulated Fine Program for the failure to pay a stipulated fine in a timely manner
- Adding a section that describes the Commercial Abatement Program, including eligibility criteria, terms of the program, and the consequences of a failure to pay fines in a timely manner
- Changing the date from which the 45-day period to resolve a parking summons begins, from the date of issuance of the computer-generated log of a company’s summonses, to the Department of Finance system entry date for the summons
These changes are not good. Period. I urge our commercial friends to familiarize yourself with the revised rules, and consider the changes you and your company may have to initiate to