UN Diplomats Owe NYC $18 Million In Parking Ticket Fines

Ouch!

$18 million in parking fines.

That’s the total amount United Nations’ diplomats from 180 countries owe New York City according to a press release from Representative Anthony Weiner, of New York’s 9th Congressional District.

“It’s insulting to all New Yorkers that countries like Yemen, Zimbabwe and Iran owe the City millions in unpaid parking tickets,” Congressman Weiner said via press release. “Diplomats park illegally, ignore paying their parking tickets and expect New Yorkers to pick up the tab. This needs to end.”

Rep. Weiner wants to get tough with this kabal of international parking ticket scofflaws. He’s proposing legislation that would effectively, have the U.S. State Department withhold the dollar amount of parking ticket fines owed by a nation receiving U.S. foreign aid and re-route it to  NYC to pay for the ticket monies owed.

Egypt leads the list of offenders with nearly $2 million in fines according to Rep. Weiner’s press release, from 17,633 issued between 1997 and 2009 according to the New York Times. Kuwait follows somewhat closely behind with nearly $1.3 million owed.

This type of scofflaw behavior, where foreign diplomats have diplomatic immunity in almost all instances (except parking tickets it seems), is apparently more prevalent from countries with higher levels of corruption according to a study by economists profiled in Forbes magazine back in 2006.

One wonders, are diplomatic vehicles with consulate plates immune from booting and towing?

The Top Ten United Nations Parking Ticket Scofflaws

Country Amount Owed
1. Egypt $1,929,142
2. Kuwait $1,266,901
3. Nigeria $1,019,998
4. Indonesia $692,200
5. Brazil $608,733
6. Morocco $582,883
7. Pakistan $575,108
8. Senegal $486,929
9. Sudan $475,970
10. Angola $438,486

Source: New York City Department of Finance

14 Responses to UN Diplomats Owe NYC $18 Million In Parking Ticket Fines

  1. Ticketmaster says:

    I can only think of one way to address this,

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWvnRzMAXVM

  2. 1pbfoot says:

    I thought the US State Dept. already did this after the 9/11 attacks… In fact, Russia used to be tops on the list, so it looks like it has had some effect… But it might be hard to go after countries like Iran*** & Sudan as they’re on the “state-sponsored terrorist” country list, so they shouldn’t be getting any of our $$$ right now anyway.

    ***Talk about bad reporting–Iran is mentioned in the article but isn’t on the Top 10 list.

  3. The Parking Ticket Geek says:

    Hey 1pbfoot,

    Just as clarification, I quoted Rep. Weiner regarding Iran. He said it, not me.

    But I agree with you, it’s odd that Iran is mentioned despite the fact it’s not on the top 10. But, I think it is easy to use Iran when you’re trying to villify a group or make a point.

  4. trufflepig says:

    This is not the week to slam the United Nations. Many U.N. workers died in Haiti, trying to help the country before the earthquake. Whatever the faults of the U. N. bureaucracy, their workers in the field are saving lives every day. $18 million…who really cares.

  5. Peter Parker says:

    A good friend of mine worked for the State Department during the Clinton administration. He told me that at one time New York City was towing diplomats parked illegally and making them go through the hassle of going to the tow pound to pick up their cars. They even had a section all the way at the very back of the pound reserved for diplomatic plates and although they couldn’t charge them for releasing the vehicle, they made them wait in line and fill out the diplomatic immunity paperwork before they would release the car. The flip side of his story was that in retaliation our diplomats were often detained and “held” for several hours while the US embassy jumped through hoops to have them released. If you think waiting in line at a New York tow pound is bad imagine having to wait hours to be released from a Soviet style detention cell.

  6. DoR Employee says:

    Funny….

    We are required by policy to enforce all plate types…

    That includes Consul and Sec State issued plates.

    And while I have the utmost respect for the UN employees that are actually out in the Field working and risking their lives in not so safe areas…

    If the UN diplomats want to park illegally….they can just take the UN building to Paris for all I care.

  7. PJ says:

    “We are required by policy to enforce all plate types…”

    Hey DoR, do M plates fall under the description of “all”?

  8. DoR Employee says:

    PJ…

    The Policy answer to that question is:

    M plate enforcement is the responsibility of all PEA’s.

    The Exception to the above is Any Marked Police/Fire Department vehicle with an M plate.

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    A leftist who is trying to find new ways of diverting federal money to NYC.

    That never happens /sarc.

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