If a muni-meter is broken, drivers should be allowed to park there without worry of a fine or ticket, says Councilman David Greenfield.
Greenfield, a Brooklyn Democrat, will introduce legislation on Wednesday to address the inconvenience motorists currently face while parking near a broken muni-meter. The bill, if passed, would allow drivers to park up to the maximum time permitted in the parking meter zone for free.
Currently, if a muni-meter is not operational, drivers are expected to find a meter on a different block to retrieve a receipt.
“You should not have to trek across the street to purchase a muni-meter receipt for street parking if the meter on the block you are parking at is broken,” Greenfield said in a statement. “It is the city’s obligation to ensure their meters are in working order.”
The legislation, which will head to the Transportation Committee for a hearing after Wednesday’s introduction, allows for free parking when fifty percent of all muni-meters in the area are broken.
If the law passes, it would take effect immediately.