Bloomberg Vetos Parking Relief Bill

Mayor Bloomberg has vetoed a bill that gives drivers a five-minute grace period in certain parking zones around the city.

But the City Council has the 34 votes needed to override the veto. It passed the bill last month by a vote of 47 to 2.

The legislation gives drivers an extra five minutes past the expired time on Muni-Meters and parking regulations known as alternate-side rules. Those vary from street to street throughout the city and are intended to keep blocks clear so street sweepers can pass through.

The fine for those violations is generally $65.

Supporters of the grace period say too many drivers get "gotcha tickets" just one or two minutes after the expired time.

Bloomberg says the law will create chaos and lead to more disputes about tickets.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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