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Deliverymen See ‘No Parking,’ PPA Sees $$$

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Those delivery trucks that park illegally in Center City can be a real nuisance for drivers, but they’re a cash cow for the Philadelphia Parking Authority. Each truck can get several tickets, every day.

Reporter: “So you guys deliver Pepsi?”
Drivers: “Yes.”
Reporter: “You pulled up here, you’re out of the way of traffic, but you’re not in a legal space.”
Drivers: “Correct.”
Reporter: “Do you expect to get a ticket?”
Drivers: “Yes, more than likely.”

It’s fair to say delivery truck drivers, like these, have given up trying to avoid tickets when making deliveries and their employers have adopted a similar attitude.

No delivery service would talk on tape, but several used the same phrase to describe the relentless ticketing at Philadelphia curbsides: “Just part of the cost of doing business.”

They say they have no idea how much tickets add to the cost of making deliveries, and the parking authority says it doesn’t know exactly how much it makes on delivery trucks, though it does provide monthly statements to nearly 700 businesses in its “fleet” program.

Corrine O’Connor, director of on-street parking, says the city has tried to provide for delivery trucks, “On the numbered streets, we have loading zones on every block.”

“I park in the areas that we can park in anyway and they still ticket the truck.” Some deliverymen in Center City say they are frustrated by the shortage of loading zones and what they see as rigid, aggressive enforcement. “They have loading zones that we’re only allowed to be in 20 minutes. And you might have 50-100 cases — it’s going to take you longer. We get cut no slack, no slack.”

O’Connor says the parking authority is just enforcing the rules.

Reported by Pat Loeb, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • change this brother

    Step up mayor, city council. This is the typical democratic red tape that kills small
    business. We need to change this city, try a republican mayor for a change. After 50+yrs of the same old democratic croonies , we need to clean things up.
    We drive people away with fines ,rules. All is see are more clip trucks and ppa cars, we need to feed business not add city workers. Spread the wealth around, you know the Northeast pays all the taxes. Oh, and that democratic teachers union, is a big waste of money too.

  • Tiredofitall

    PPA sucks!!

  • Anonymous

    The PPA is all about getting money. They could give those delivery trucks more leniency, and they could also put in more loading zones. Oh, but, if they don’t, they won’t make any money.

  • harry

    Is it any wonder it is always more costly and troublsome to do business in this city.

  • JS

    More absurd approaches by the city to throttle its economy. What feels good now (revenue) sucks in the long term. Philly sucks. Vote with your feet. Move out. State tax is 2% higher, everything involves a fee. Parking is absurdly enforced by the Gestapo

  • Aaron

    The Parking Authority as the Director of on street parking…”O’Connor says the parking authority is just enforcing the rules”. It goes a little farther than enforcement, it’s downright cruel and evil. They ticket because they have the authority and compete with each other as to whom writes the most tickets! They will retire one day and turnaround will be fair play, maybe at that time the increase in price will be from $50.00 to $80.00 to $100.00. They’ll deserve as many tickets left on their windshields even if written five minutes apart.

  • blackguy

    This is what happen when the GOP took over the Parking Authority. Now since they took over the bridges, look at how the tolls jumped up. The GOP will to make money on anything it gets it’s hands on.

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