FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 5, 2007
MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION REQUIRING DOT TO POST PARKING REGULATION INFORMATION ONLINE
Remarks by Mayor Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws
"The next bill before me is Introductory Number 537-A, sponsored by Council Members Liu, Brewer, Foster, Gentile, Gonzalez, Mealy, Nelson, Recchia, Sanders, Seabrook, Sears, Weprin, Gerson, Jackson, Garodnick, Vallone, and the Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum.
"There are approximately eight hundred thousand parking regulation signs currently on the streets of our City that advise motorists where and when they can park. Introductory Number 537-A codifies existing plans of the Department of Transportation by requiring the agency to make this information available on their web site. This will allow members of the public to query any block and view the parking regulations for that particular location. This function will be part of DOT's new comprehensive sign management system called SIMS. DOT will update their web site with new information whenever there is a permanent or construction-related change to any parking regulation. It is important to note that motorists will still need to check the actual physical street signage since those signs take precedence over information listed anywhere else.
"Customer service has been a hallmark of our Administration. This addition to DOT's web site is another important step we are taking to make government more transparent and user-friendly, and information more accessible.
"I would like to thank DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and her staff for their work on the bill. I would also like to thank the Council for approving this legislation."
Stu Loeser/Matthew Kelly (212) 788-2958
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