Police will start sharing fines with informantsNovember 29, 2020
The bill should stimulate more active reporting of rule violations.
New York authorities have prepared a bill that proposes to pay part of the fine for violating parking rules to a person who reported it to the police and attached pictures.
After two years of regular appeals to the New York City Police Department with a request to put things in order with parking lots, members of the city council of the metropolis have developed a tactic to combat violators – to pay money to those who report stopping and parking on bike and bus lanes, sidewalks and pedestrian crossings. In order not to prepare a separate budget for this, the authorities proposed to give part of the fine to police informants. According to the draft law, the person who told about the violation of parking rules will receive 25% of the amount of the fine for each recorded episode – about 44 dollars. The rest of the fine will go, as before, to the city treasury.
The bill simultaneously expands the parking ticket from the current $ 115 to $ 175. The City Council of New York has high hopes for this bill: the authorities are convinced that material payments will stimulate residents of the metropolis to take more pictures of violators’ vehicles and send photos to the police. A similar bill is already in force in New York for cars parked with a running engine. In the event that such a practice is approved by a majority vote of the City Council members, the authorities will need to develop rules for recording violations.
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