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“Is this legit?”

by Prince Of Petworth January 31, 2017 at 1:45 pm 17 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

Random construction workers using construction equipment to tow cars seems odd to me. Hope it hasn’t damaged the cars! To be clear, they only moved the cars a bit in each direction so maybe they were trying to be nice and to not get people ticketed for parking in the area they needed to do work? It just seemed weird to me.”

  • Anonymous

    Go out and ask them! They’re right there!

    • Anon

      He said: “No it’s not legal, but what are you going to do about it? And why do you ask?”

      • Anonymous

        Ha, OK! There’s your answer then.

  • GBinCH

    Not legit. When towing, you should always use a proper tow truck that raises a vehicle up. If someone has a parking break on (I always have mine on) then this can cause a lot of damage to the vehicles drive train. I’d soon a $100 ticket.

  • samanda_bynes

    legit as in legal? no. legit as in rad? kinda.

  • maxwell smart

    Considering there is clearly a no-parking sign on the tree in the photo and someone chose to park there regardless, I have little to no sympathy for any damages sustained to their car.

    • anon

      We had a construction company put up no-parking signs on our entire block for two weeks. The no parking hours started at 7:00 am, so I got up every morning and moved my car so they could do their work. They eventually showed up the Thursday of the second week to do the work, which took about 2 hours. I’m all for respecting the signs and not parking there, but the company needs to respect the residents and not abuse the privilege.

      • Marty

        similar experience to me, but with mine, they then extended the work for another two weeks (but then only used one of them.)

      • Elkhaert

        Except that they can’t be 100% exactly sure when they will be there and have the signs posted just for that period. For these kinda permits you gotta put them in way in advance, to get both permission and to post for notice. Two weeks might seem like a large window for you, but given the amount of advance notice they have to give, that’s still a pretty narrow window to hit. Especially when they are doing rolling construction for the city or for utilities, which it sounds like this was.

        • ah

          While true, this aspect of the emergency no parking signs needs some improvement so that it doesn’t maximize the inconvenience of residents.

          • Elkhaert

            Oh definitely, but that is on DDOT. Maybe by linking to an online map where the company can upload if they are or are not gonna use the spot, with a rebate of some portion of the permit as an incentive? Not sure what form it would have to take, but they are the ones who gotta fix it.

    • Bloomy

      How far do those signs cover…? It looks like the tree is 20 feet away.

  • ParkingKitty

    Maxwell: What if that sign is the end sign and the parking regulations go the other way on the road?

    Is there a set distance from the end signs that you are suppose to not park within?

    • ah

      You’re supposed to post one at each end of the no parking zone, and then in between every certain number (100?) feet.

    • Elkhaert

      It depends on the signage. Most of those construction ones are for the whole block, but you can also specify an address, block range, or intersection.

  • ReadingDC

    Not to mention the rampant / flagrant misuse of no parking signs that construction crews hang up without the requisite 72 hr notice in this city.

    • ReadingDC

      This should have been a reply to ParkingKitty/maxwell smart.


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