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City Lawmakers Approve Ten-Day Grace Period For Parking Ticket Payments

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A City Council committee today signed off on creating a grace period on the penalties handed out by the Philadelphia Parking Authority for late payment of tickets.

But the penalties themselves will go up slightly.

Rebecca Alpert, a resident of East Mt. Airy, testified that she had twice received letters from the Parking Authority about tickets that she had never found on her windshield, and those letters included not only fines but late payment penalties.

“And of course I was obligated to pay both the ticket and the penalty, and it made me very angry,” she told the Law and Government committee.

The committee approved a measure sponsored by Councilman Bill Greenlee that gives ticket recipients ten extra days to pay the fine without penalty (see related story).

Parking Authority chief Vince Fenerty says the first warning letter will now mention the grace period.

“You have ten additional days to pay the original fine, or penalties will start accumulating,” Fenerty explained.

Unfortunately for those whose cars are tagged, the late penalties will go up five dollars — from $20 to $25 — to make the grace period revenue-neutral.

Reported by KYW City Hall bureau chief Mike Dunn

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  • heather

    dont you love how when you go down to filbert street to pay a ticket, you almost always come out to a ticket on your vehicle??? hello!!! its not our fault you guys take forever!!! if we could afford to pay to park in a lot then we probably wouldnt have gotten the ticket in the fist place. parking infront of building should be free for any person paying a dam ticket

  • Margaret Motheral

    This is absurd. They could make more money if they fined their developer friends for violations, but they won’t. People are under a lot of stress due to the poorly run system and need more time and lower fines. They always pick on the poor and reward the wealthy by giving high fees of federal money to law firms and looking the other way while they allow over paid buddies to abuse women.

  • JacobsLadder

    No matter what the PPA does, they still SUCK!!

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