In 2014, New York City had $16 Million in unpaid parking tickets from foreign diplomats. The largest offender was Egypt, with about $1.9 Million. Diplomatic immunity is the main reason that those tickets remained outstanding.

Deadbeat Diplomats Owe NYC $16 Million in Unpaid Parking Fines

Diplomatic staff based in New York City have racked up $16 million in unpaid parking tickets, according to municipal data obtained by the Wall Street Journal.

Officials from 180 countries, or all but 15 countries on the planet, have accrued debt related to parking violations. Egypt leads the pack with a whopping $1.9 million tab and 17,499 summonses. Diplomats from Nigeria, Indonesia and Brazil have dues ranging from $600 to nearly $900,000. Much of the debt dates back to the early 2000s, before mayor Michael Bloomberg cracked down on parking violations and unpaid fines.

The Wall Street Journal includes a graphic breakdown of the 10 biggest violators as well as a range of evasive responses from the artful to the confused to the undi… Continue Reading (1 minute read)

12 thoughts on “In 2014, New York City had $16 Million in unpaid parking tickets from foreign diplomats. The largest offender was Egypt, with about $1.9 Million. Diplomatic immunity is the main reason that those tickets remained outstanding.”

  1. A40

    I’d think that ‘no-charge towing’ to a ‘no-charge compound’ would reduce a lot of ‘diplomatic immunity’ parking.

  2. ThucydidesOfAthens

    We have the same issue in The Hague and one time a journalist went to confront diplomats with this and got punched in the face

  3. waitingforfrodo

    “Has just been Revoked”

  4. introverted-traveler

    That doesn’t surprise me. Parking in Egypt is like a cat with a box. If I fits I sits, or rather, park.

  5. BigBlueMountainStar

    Americans use diplomatic immunity to get out of death by dangerous driving charges.

  6. Smart455

    I also live in a big diplomatic city. In addition to the parking and speeding ticket issue, there was a controversy a few years ago because some embassies were practicing slavery.

  7. dragon_fiesta

    If I had diplomatic immunity I’d run an illegal casino

  8. Snozzcumberbatch

    A nurse almost got sent to jail for parking illegally and refusing to pay the fine….she stopped the car and saved somebodys life

  9. MasterFubar

    There’s a solution for that: declare the perpetrator *persona non grata*. He will not be prosecuted, but he will be expelled from the country and they’ll have to send another one.

    This usually doesn’t end well for the diplomat, every person in the diplomatic career all over the world dream of getting posted in New York.

    But, unfortunately for NYC, they don’t have the authority to do that, only the State Department can expel foreign diplomats.

  10. poi00

    American diplomats refuse to pay their parking tickets all over the world.

  11. Garlicholywater

    At that point why even bother given a vehicle with diplomatic plates a ticket?

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