New York City drivers rarely get much to be happy about, but a recent decision by the New York City Council to eliminate the practice of stickering parking violators is bound to be greeted with unanimous joy. Outside of the mayor's office, that is.

Despite The New York Times reporting a 47-0 vote in favor of prohibiting the city's sanitation department from applying the stickers to cars parked in the way of its cleaning crews, the Bloomberg administration was steadfast in its support of the "shame" stickers. They date back to 1987, when the sanitation commissioner launched a pilot program to affix stickers on cars that were parked in the way of street sweepers. Since the stickers are so hard to remove from vehicle windows, they provided an additional motivation above and beyond ticketing, and the Sanitation Department has been using them ever since, much to the chagrin of motorists.

City Council members weren't buying the necessity of continuing to deface residents' vehicles, however. Even if Mayor Michael Bloomberg vetoes the bill, the Times says the unanimous vote effectively makes the decision "vetoproof." David G. Greenfield, a councilman from Brooklyn, is quoted as saying, "What makes this such a terrible infraction that you have to be punished in such a serious way? It's not reasonable behavior in the 21st century."

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      • 3 Years Ago
      The street sweepers are a joke. All they do is leave slime all over the street! There is not enough parking in New York for slime machines to move cars BD
      • 3 Years Ago
      I live in a city where parking is a pain in the ass and street sweeping period is different from block to block. I think street sweeping is just a way of raising city revenue. My street is clean enough, they don't have to be sweeped twice a month.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A great excuse for some NASCAR windshield tear aways.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Alex C
      • 3 Years Ago
      Disappointing to me. This was done because a few Upper East Side snobs wanted to blatantly ignore the rules and not be punished for it. Naturally, they got what they wanted.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Really? Stickers were supposed to deter people? I don't know if that's worse or the fact that somebody actually bitched.
      • 3 Years Ago
      About flippin' time! They should pay back the fines they collected for all these years for it is an act of vandalism that the sanitation department committed.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm having trouble understanding why people parked in the way of cleaning crews get just stickers on their cars. In most cities I've been in, there are hours posted when the street gets cleaned and if your car is still parked there, you get ticketed (or worse if you keep repeating). Keeps the cleaning crews happy and keeps people's cars from getting messed with (mostly). Does NY not have such a system? Do the cleaning crews not have posted times and just have to work around these cars, which are allowed to park there at any time? If that's the case, then it's baffling how the city has been allowed to sticker up cars this whole time. Slap a sticker on a bus in front of a cop or on a cop car see how legal such an act really is.