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Posted at 1:00 PM ET, 06/ 4/2009

A Parking Double Whammy in D.C.

By Vince Rinehart

By Jesse Mag
Washington

The Post believes that motorists are unjustifiably upset over the District’s stepped-up parking enforcement. I disagree.

On April 27, my car was ticketed by D.C. parking enforcement for being illegally parked during street cleaning. Two weeks later, I got another ticket in the mail for the same offense; apparently five minutes before the ticket from D.C. parking enforcement, I had already been ticketed for the same offense by a D.C. Department of Public Works (DPW) camera.

By the time I received the photo ticket, I had already paid the ticket issued by D.C. parking enforcement. So I enclosed a detailed note and evidence of this double ticketing in a letter to the Department of Motor Vehicles’ Adjudication Services office. I received a notice about a week later stating that Adjudication Services had received my correspondence and would make a decision within six months.

The next week, on two separate days, I was informed by two separate letters that Adjudication Services would not allow me to contest the ticket that I had already paid. The letters said nothing about the DPW ticket, which is the one I am contesting. Will the D.C. government make the correct decision regarding my double ticketing — and when? Does D.C. Adjudication Services understand that these kinds of problems are occurring? And, most important, why doesn’t the D.C. government have better policies to protect motorists from double ticketing?

By Vince Rinehart  | June 4, 2009; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  DMV, traffic  
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