WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The District of Columbia set an all-time record for issuing parking tickets in fiscal year 2011.
The District collected $92.6 million in revenue from the 1.6 million parking tickets they wrote last year according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. On average, the city collected $370,000 in parking fine revenues each business day.
“When it comes to the sheer number of parking tickets written each day and the overall amount of parking ticket fines collected, the District of Columbia is the envy of cities large and small around the country,” John B. Townsend II, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Manager of Public and Government Affairs, said in a press release. “It’s hard to grasp. Yet, if the city were to stack the amount of parking fines collected in single dollar bills, it would nearly reach to the average altitude that a commercial airliner flies above the surface of the earth.”
Despite the record set in fiscal year 2011, the city isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. The District is on pace to break last year’s mark again. The city has raked in an additional $31 million in fines during the first four months of the current fiscal year.
In addition to parking fines, the District brings in an estimated $40 million each year in parking meter fees from its network of 17,000 metered parking spaces. That’s the same amount of revenue generated by Los Angeles’ 40,000 parking meters.
How does the city manage to issue so many tickets?
Nearly 30 federal and city agencies are empowered to issue parking citations within city limits. And their services are all in demand.
Increased parking enforcement is the second most requested service from District Department of Public Works.
Business owners ask DPW to help patrol parking violators so that they can increase turnover at spaces near their establishments. In addition, residents also request DPW’s assistance so that they can park closer to their homes.
DPW states the stepped-up parking enforcement is “in response to strong competition for legal curbside parking and reflects the needs of residents, businesses and the motoring public.”
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