Parking and photo enforcement are going back to normal after being suspended during the pandemic.
If you’ve been flouting the parking laws in D.C., the fun is coming to an end. Mayor Muriel Bowser said the city will resume ticketing, towing, photo enforcement, and street sweeping beginning on June 1, 2021.
The city is implementing an amnesty program that will eliminate penalties on tickets issued before September 30, 2021, to help those impacted by the coronavirus. If your car registration has lapsed or you need to get an inspection, you will need to get those problems addressed as well.
“We know we can expect to see more activity on our roads and sidewalks, and these enforcement mechanisms are one way we can make our transportation network more efficient, restart important government services, and help protect residents and visitors as they move around DC,” said Mayor Bowser. “We encourage all residents with outstanding tickets to learn more about the ticket amnesty program and get current on any outstanding fines.”
Beginning on June 1, 2021, the city will begin issuing tickets on expired parking meters, residential parking permits, expired registration tags, monitoring no parking zones, and towing abandoned vehicles. The city will also resume registering out-of-state vehicle tags. You will also need to remember to keep your car out of the street sweeping zones or face tickets.
In addition to the return of enforcement and registration, the fee for residential parking permits is increasing to $50 from $35 for the first permit, $75 for the second, and $100 for a third permit. All outstanding tickets for parking, speeding, red-light, and minor moving violations will also have to be paid. The city will wipe out the penalties, but not the violation fees for any ticket issued between January 1, 2020, through May 31, 2021.
Visit ticketamnesty.dc.gov for more information. Department of Public Works will not resume booting cars until July 1.
Are you breathing a sigh of relief? Let us know in the comments if you think this is a fair way to handle outstanding tickets.