Garodnick: FDNY Crash Tax Has No Public Benefit
Council Member Garodnick testified against a proposal from the Fire Department to charge drivers $365 to $490 for the cost of responding to car fires and accidents, calling the plan an "a la carte" approach to government that "undermines the shared responsibility and sense of purpose that bind us together as citizens."
While acknowledging FDNY's need to find cuts and/or revenue in its budget, Council Member Garodnick pointed out that the so-called "crash tax" plan would charge drivers whether or not they were at fault – and he expressed concern about reports that drivers' auto insurance may not cover the fee.
"The proposed fee, then, does not encourage safer driving, deter negligence, or offer any public safety benefit. It simply punishes drivers for being involved in an accident," he said. "Billing residents for their mistakes and misfortune in this manner runs counter to the City’s mission to provide for the common good."