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Bill Aims to Lessen Ticket Window on Street Sweeping Days

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Alternate side parking could be less of a problem for drivers if a new bill gets through City Hall.

Current laws ban parking for a period of time to clear the way for street cleaners.

But Manhattan City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez has re-introduced legislation that would allow cars to legally park again once the street sweeper passes by, rather than wait for the end of the normal window of 90 minutes.

"We believe those are millions of drivers that have to be waiting inside those cars when instead they can be with their family, be working or be in the gym or sleeping if that is what they want to do," Rodriguez said.

Many drivers who spoke with NY1 like the idea.

"Let them pass the rule, that would be great. If we could get to leave the car a little bit earlier, that's great, because people need it. Sometimes you come here and you can't park on this side of the street. It's 8:30 and you gotta get your kids in, but you can't park," said one driver.

"That sounds it would be helpful. I didn't hear anything about it, but I would support it," said another driver.

Rodriguez previously introduced the bill in 2010, where it won the support of current City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

But the Sanitation Department reportedly is concerned that parking enforcement officers would not be able to tell whether or not a street sweeper has passed by when issuing tickets.

Rodriquez says the department should install GPS devices on street sweepers so the public can track them, much like it has done with snow plows.

The Sanitation Department won't comment on proposed legislation, but does say street sweepers often have to go back to a street because all the cars have not moved, making it difficult to do their job.

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