City So Desperate to Collect Street Vendor Fines, It's Reducing Them
Last month, the city's Independent Budget Office discovered that street vendors owe the city $15 million in unpaid fines for violations. The New York Post says the city council is so desperate to get vendors to pay up, it's considering a measure to reduce penalties for street vendors. The logic goes that vendors aren't paying the current fines because they're too high, so if they get slapped with smaller penalties, they'll be more likely to pay something.
Now, instead of requiring vendors to pay several hefty fines (which apparently just causes the vendors to ignore the fines and work under black market licenses), the city council wants to cap "non-health-related summonses" to $250.
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