D.C. Issues Record Number Of Parking Tickets, Collects $92.6M In Fines In 2011

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.”

By The Numbers

2010: 1.54 million tickets / $80,440,503 in fines
2011: 1.60 million tickets / $92,574,325 in fines

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.”

And if you’re thinking about ditching the wheels and hoofing it, be sure to check out the list of the 24 deadliest intersections for pedestrians DC.

  • Freep

    The only thing this ‘reflects’ is the District’s desire to maximize their revenue stream.

    Someone else probably needs an SUV.

  • Riddlemethat

    If the city has made this much in revenue from issuing parking tickets then I wonder if DC Government is going to cry there in the red again this year? More importantly, if they’ve made this much revenue more than even bigger major cities, why are we the consumers still paying a .05 for bags when purchasing items at stores. Hmm….

  • Bite M e

    Worthless DC!!!

  • Raymond C.

    Make the signs very ambiguous and confusing as they are in DC and you will surely violate the parking rules. Different rules apply on the same meter, depending on where you look. It seems this is deliberately done to confuse people and break a rule that is so confusing to say the least. Malicious!

    • Raymond C.

      A 1 hour parking meter, which originally was a 2 hour meter but a sticker was placed and changed to 1 hour, alongside multiple 2 hour parking meters will continue accepting coins beyond the 1-hour limit and then stops once you reach the 2 hour limit. Then you get a ticket for exceeding the 1 hour limit. $25.00 for DC, yeah!!

  • Disgusted by DC

    This is repulsive. I had a meter reader encourage me to park at a broken meter. He wrote me a ticket two minutes later. I complained to his department, his supervisor, and the mayor’s office and never received a response. The DC government is as stocked by thieves as it ever was.

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