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Philadelphia Councilman Thinks Towing Refunds Should Be Easier

Philadelphia city councilman Jim Kenney is proposing to eliminate a layer of bureaucratic red tape when your car is towed in error and you want to get the towing fee refunded.


(An arriving traveler grabs a cab outside Philadelphia's 30th Street train station.  Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

Ka-Ching! Philadelphia Taxi Riders Begin Paying Fuel Surcharges

Beginning May 1st, the per-trip fuel surcharge is $1.25. It is adjusted each month based on gasoline prices.


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Nutter Apologizes To Newspaper Writer For Staffer’s Unsubstantiated Tweet

“I want to apologize to her directly, on behalf of the city government and our administration,” Mayor Nutter said of a “tweet” by press secretary Mark McDonald about a Daily News columnist.


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Red Tape Puts The Brakes On Handicapped-Accessible Cabs

The Philadelphia Parking Authority’s plan to force taxicab owners to convert to wheelchair accessibility is now bogged down in bureaucracy.


Jerry Connors (right) tells councilman Bill Green he is fine with written appeals online but not by phone or Skype. (credit: City of Phila. TV)

City Council Committee Approves Bill To Make Fighting Parking Tickets Easier

A City Council committee has approved a plan to let you fight parking tickets without having to show up in person. The vote came despite objections from the agency that hears appeals.


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Floating Fuel Surcharge Added To Philadelphia Taxicab Fares

Taxi owners, who say they’ve suffered under rising fuel prices, are pleased.


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PPA Says Higher Parking Rates Help Philadelphia Schools

Last year’s hike in parking meter rates in Center City may have irritated drivers — but officials at the Parking Authority say some of the extra cash is heading to the struggling School District.



Council: Fight Parking Tix Online Or On The Phone

Two city council members want to make it easier to fight City Hall — by letting people contest parking tickets and other citations without having to show up in person.


(The Philadelphia Parking Authority's hearing at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, centering on making Philadelphia's taxi fleet wheelchair accessible.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Philadelphia Taxi Drivers Don’t Want To Be Saddled With Cost of Wheelchair Access

The Parking Authority wants to require 300 of the city’s 1,600 taxicabs to be made wheelchair accessible this year, and all of them by 2016.


(Taxicabs at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia.   Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Taxi Owners Upset With PPA’s Decision On New In-Cab Technology

Taxi owners are unhappy because they will be forced to get the equipment from a single provider and use only that provider until the agreement expires in June 2013.


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Taxi Owners Not Satisfied With PPA Appointed Dispatching Company

Jeff Hornstein of the newly-formed “Greater Philadelphia Taxi Association” says the contractor VTS is primarily a credit card processing company and that there have been multiple problems with its attempt to become a dispatching service.


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Free Parking? Philadelphia’s Kiosks Don’t Care

Street parking is free in Philadelphia after 11am tomorrow, as it is every Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you didn’t know, you’re not alone: many people still pay.



Busy Southwest Philadelphia Intersection Gets Red-Light Camera

The latest red light camera is being activated today, this one at a busy intersection in Southwest Philadelphia.


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Philadelphia City Council OKs Grace Period For Parking Tickets

Imagine this: the Philadelphia Parking Authority cutting you some slack!


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City Council Rejects Real Estate Agents’ Request For Special Parking Permits

Local real estate agents went before a city council committee, asking for a special parking permit, so they don’t have to worry about getting tickets while showing homes. The lawmakers refused.