Bogus No Parking Sign Fixed in Mt. Pleasant

kilbourne sign changed.Nov 2013
Kilbourne Place

“Dear PoPville,

DDOT not only removed the bogus arrowhead from that no-parking sign, they installed a sign below it indicating that parking to the right of the sign is explicitly legal. This has been going on, it is said, for a year. A bit of publicity via PoP did the job, and nearby residents are pleased to have that legal parking space back.

It should be noted (for those commenters who were sure that the tickets were written because of a modest intrusion into that no-parking zone) that the ticket code for parking within 25 feet of a stop sign is P050, but the tickets written for parking at this spot have designated P269, a vague “No Standing Anytime” code that does not correspond to any pertinent DC Municipal Regulation. That is, even the ticket writers couldn’t tell what the actual violation of law was.

Now, can the people who paid $50 fines for parking here get their money back?”

8 Comment

  • I’m not sure what the point about the stop sign is – nobody was aruging that the car was parked to close to the stop sign, only that it inappropriately extended beyond the allowed parking zone. It seems that in such a situation receiving a ticket for occupying a no-standing zone is entirely the point.

    • Actually if you look at the commenters on the original post, plenty of people were arguing that it was too close to the stop sign.

      • And the OP in this post conflates parking in a no-standing zone (which the car did by extending past the signpost) with parking within 25 feet of a stop sign (which this car didn’t as the signpost makes an exception to the 25 foot rule) in an attempt to sound righteous. It just rubbed me the wrong way.

  • I saw this on the local new last night. Good exposure.

  • I wouldn’t bet on any refunds. I parked on Monroe St in Columbia Heights about a year ago when the sign had two different times listed for zone permit parking: 7AM-830PM and 7AM-10PM. No days of the week listed, just two times one on top of the other. The second one looked like it had been tacked on with a sticker.

    I got a ticket at 9:59. Clearly a jerk of an officer, but also only outside the law based on the second time listed. I sent a photo of the sign to the DMV and asked how I was supposed to know that the second time was the accurate one and not the first. They still upheld the ticket — knowing, I suppose, that it wouldn’t be worth it to me to contest it in court.

    Parking enforcement in this city is a scam. Plain and simple.

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