NYC parking ticket statistics explain why they trigger such an emotional reaction from the driving public
9,955,441 represents the number of NYC parking tickets issued by New York City agencies last year. That’s an accurate NYC parking ticket statistic… 9,955,411.
Guess how much revenue was generated?…$624 M. Whew…
Here are some parking ticket facts:
- 14th Street, between 7th & 8th Avenue, is the most ticketed block in NYC
- The day after Thanksgiving was the most ticketed day of the fiscal year
- The number of parking tickets issued has surged 42% since Mayor Bloomberg took office
The New York Times published an interactive map of New York City illustrating the locations of all the traffic tickets issued this year. Plug in any address, and it’ll tell you how many parking tickets were issued at that location. You can check it out by cut and paste the link below.
A typical parking fine is $115.
Penalties are added when you pay late. It’s probably not something you think about if you’re the guy/lady who only gets one ticket per year. But, what if your livelihood depends on making deliveries in New York City? Parking tickets are a tremendous financial hardship.
In these difficult economic times, it’s a wonderful thing that the City of New York enjoys a substantial revenue stream from parking tickets. But, at what cost to ordinary citizens like you and me? My question is, why all these parking rules? Is it the enforcement officers, the rules, or the rule makers causing the pain. Sure, there’s an enforcement problem, but why are there so many rules to enforce? We may have to post a sign at the tunnels and bridge, “Drivers beware, enter at your own financial risk”.
What do you think? How would you attack this challenge?
I wish to thank the City Room of the New York Times for the facts contained in this post