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Posted at 10:19 PM ET, 01/ 3/2011

DC could offer parking ticket amnesty

By Luke Rosiak

The District could grant partial amnesty to those who owe parking or speeding tickets in an effort to recover some of an estimated $300 million in money owed, the Washington Examiner reports.

If implemented, it's estimated it could raise $6 million to help plug a $500 million budget gap.

The amnesty would require payment of original fines, but without added penalty fees. The mayoral transition means it's unclear whether the idea would be implemented.

By Luke Rosiak  | January 3, 2011; 10:19 PM ET
Categories:  DC  
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Comments

Good idea. i think parking and traffic fines actually discourage people from coming into DC. They should do it for the speeding tickets also.

MD and VA do not require DC tickets to be paid for registration. so it is not an essential fine to pay. In fact, I know people in MD that simply get new tags vs. deal with the DC tickets and the threat of being towed when in the district.

Posted by: oknow1 | January 4, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I agree with oknow1's comment "parking fines and traffic fines actually discourage people from coming to DC." Plus, the amount of the finesare way out of line.

I received two DC parking tickets when I intentionally drove into the city to patronize DC businesses. Not in 2011.Who needs to participate in that shell game. I made a concious decision not to go where I'm not wanted.

Posted by: PracticalIndependent | January 4, 2011 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I agree with oknow1's comment "parking fines and traffic fines actually discourage people from coming to DC." Plus, the amount of the fines are way out of line.

I received two DC parking tickets when I intentionally drove into the city to patronize DC businesses. Not in 2011. Who needs to participate in that shell game? I made a concious decision not to go where I'm not wanted.

Posted by: PracticalIndependent | January 4, 2011 2:05 PM | Report abuse


The city hopes to recover 2 percent of what it is owed?

Posted by: Gidgmom | January 4, 2011 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Or...they could just eliminate the ridiculous parking meter hours that go deep into the night downtown, as late as 10:30 onsome blocks. I personally refuse to pay a meter to park downtown after 6:30. I just take my money elsewhere and the business downtown suffer. DC could increase their business tax receipts by millions if they stopped screwing over people who want to shop downtown.

Posted by: PepperDr | January 4, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Since I rarely have the 8 quarters required to park at a DC meter for an hour, I either take my business elsewhere or ride the subway. And when I arrange parties and meetings for my group, we skip DC because of the parking situation and the 10% meal tax.

Posted by: MrBethesda | January 4, 2011 4:37 PM | Report abuse

First of all this article lacks an important detail.

Whose idea it was not indicated. This is important in that the end of the article raises the possiblity that amnesty may not happen because of the mayoral transition, putting it off on Gray.

It is a fact that Fenty, Ghandi, Klein and others systematically increased fees and fines for parking and moving violations, sometimes doubling in amount.

The perception that the Fenty adminstration used its citizens and visitors like an ATM machine to balance DCs budget shortfall. All told the return of investment mobilizing troops of ticket writers, speed cameras and red light cameras may be in the ball park of $15-20M.

This perception will drive some not to frequent the District. So we make a few million on tickets. How many millions are lost in revenue generation. Oh and the saftey issue is a joke. I was informed that the police manning stationary cars outfitted with cameras through out the city were making over time. Hmmm.

What a deal. I could just sit in my car and let technology just do its thing for overtime pay. I could make money and talk on my cell phone or browse my own laptop until my duty is over because by being here I just made this area of the city safer.

Yeah right!

Posted by: dcchamp1 | January 4, 2011 5:04 PM | Report abuse

First of all this article lacks an important detail.

Whose idea it was not indicated. This is important in that the end of the article raises the possiblity that amnesty may not happen because of the mayoral transition, putting it off on Gray.

It is a fact that Fenty, Ghandi, Klein and others systematically increased fees and fines for parking and moving violations, sometimes doubling in amount.

The perception that the Fenty adminstration used its citizens and visitors like an ATM machine to balance DCs budget shortfall. All told the return of investment mobilizing troops of ticket writers, speed cameras and red light cameras may be in the ball park of $15-20M.

This perception will drive some not to frequent the District. So we make a few million on tickets. How many millions are lost in revenue generation. Oh and the saftey issue is a joke. I was informed that the police manning stationary cars outfitted with cameras through out the city were making over time. Hmmm.

What a deal. I could just sit in my car and let technology just do its thing for overtime pay. I could make money and talk on my cell phone or browse my own laptop until my duty is over because by being here I just made this area of the city safer.

Yeah right!

Posted by: dcchamp1 | January 4, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

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