NYC councilman proposes fine on rental car companies, auto shops that hog street parking

A Queens legislator is declaring war on auto body repair shops and rental car companies he claims are gobbling up neighborhood street parking spaces.

Councilman Robert Holden has proposed a law that would target auto body shops, car rental businesses and gas stations who use street parking for the purpose of dropping-off, picking-up, inspecting, storing, repairing, servicing or displaying a vehicle for sale, lease or rent.

The fine for such violations would range between $250 and $400 per day for each violation.

Holden said the hoarding of public parking spaces by these companies has been a problem in major thoroughfares and residential streets in his district, including

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