New Bill Proposes Parking Benefits for Pregnant Women

January 24, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

A parking sign warns a restriction for pregnant women at the U.S. Marine Base Hawaii Kailua. (Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images)
A parking sign warns a restriction for pregnant women at the U.S. Marine Base Hawaii Kailua. (Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images)
Councilman David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn) plans to introduce a new bill on Tuesday that would grant pregnant women free parking. According to NY Daily News, Greenfield decided to propose the measure following his wife’s two difficult pregnancies.

The legislation would give special parking placards to pregnant women who have physical or mobility challenges, as documented by a physician. The placards would allow the women to park for free in the “no parking” and “no standing” zones.

“If I’m on a train and a pregnant woman walks in, I stand up to offer her my seat,” Greenfield said, adding that this legislation would help in the same way.

While some see the measure as a good benefit, it has also attracted criticism. Sonia Ossorio of the National Organization for Women told the NY Daily News that it could possibly lead to discrimination. Paul Steely White of Transportation Alternatives said that it would add another way to complicate parking regulations and scam the system.

Similar laws are in place in Georgia and Oklahoma.