Woodhaven Residents' Block Association

Out-of-State Vehicles

The Woodhaven Residents' Block Association has a program to report out-of-state vehicles that have remained parked on a Woodhaven street for extended periods of time.

Woodhaven residents should contact the WRBA if an automobile with license plates from outside New York has been parked on their street for more than a month. After gathering information from the caller, the WRBA will contact the appropriate agency from the vehicle's state to inform them of the vehicle's whereabouts and to ask them to investigate whether the vehicle is appropriately registered.

“Parking has historically been hard to find in Woodhaven," said WRBA Director Vance Barbour. "If these vehicles' owners are dodging local state regulations, and skipping out on paying fees to New York State like the rest of the community pays, we owe it to our residents to call it to the attention of the proper authorities.”

The program is a response to many Woodhaven residents' complaints about out-of-state vehicles taking up parking spaces and potentially evading the law.

Many residents have already contacted the WRBA to make use of this program, which has received significant media attention:
  • New York Daily News, "Woodhaven residents track cars with non-New York license plates parked for extended periods," by Lisa L. Colangelo, 1/15/2010
  • WPIX, "Woodhaven Residents Battle Over Parking Spaces," by Jackie Hyland, 1/14/2010
  • Queens Courier, "WRBA tackles out-of-state parkers," by Michael Fiacco, 1/19/2010
  • FindLaw, "New Yorkers Start Tracking License Plate Numbers," by Minara El-Rahman, 1/22/2010