State Cracks Down on Abuse of Parking Placards

Thursday, Apr 7, 2011  |  Updated 6:10 PM EDT
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State Cracks Down on Abuse of Parking Placards

New York officials say they're putting new limits on how many parking placards the state issues and who gets them after reviewing a system they say was flawed and ripe for abuse.
       

Free parking passes given by police departments and other agencies to people who aren't entitled to them has long been a problem in New York City and elsewhere in the state.        
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the number of police placards will be reduced from 1,730 to 261 and they'll go only to police personnel after review by the state police.
       
The number distributed to executive agencies and the Legislature is being cut from 2,210 to 1,993.
       
There will be stricter controls on giving out placards, which will be redesigned to show the agency they belong to and will be linked to license plates.
 
 

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