No Parking or Standing Anytime? Not Exactly

by Prince Of Petworth May 29, 2014 at 2:25 pm 110 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

There is a car parked down the street from me and maybe I’m crazy, but it looks like it is clearly illegally parked. But it hasn’t been ticketed for days. So I call 311, because I’m that kind of jerk, and explain the situation. The woman on the phone was extremely helpful and took all the info and said parking enforcement would be out tonight. A few hours later she calls me back to say the parking enforcement officer said that since the car had a Zone 3 sticker it was ok to park there, even though the signs clearly state Zone 3 parking on one side, and no standing or parking on the other. I’ve never heard of this. I’ve wasted time looking for spots all these years when I could have parked illegally?

This is the response I got my my councilmember:

“I am following up with a response from DPW Parking regarding the vehicle in question (Grey BMW w/ DC Tags) being parked in the 3500 blk Alton Pl. N.W. The vehicle is displaying a VALID residential parking permit that expires April 26, 2016. The vehicle can’t be ticketed due to the guidelines of the “Moratorium” (In effect 24hrs. a day)…………..Vehicles displaying valid residential parking permits are allowed to park in “No Standing Anytime, No Parking Anytime, 25ft or more from the intersection. So yes the space is legal as long as the registration parking permit is valid and properly displayed.”


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