By Micha Green
AFRO D.C. and Digital Content Editor
District of Columbia parking and permitting paranoias were temporarily put on pause during the COVID-19 pandemic, however D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that all parking enforcement resumes as of June 1 and even more policies and procedures will be reinstated on July 1. However, Bowser also announced a four-month D.C. ticket amnesty program, effective June 1, which will help folks pay their tickets and take care of Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) business.
As of June 1, all parking enforcement will go into effect, vehicles will be towed if violating parking zones, street sweeping and SWEEP enforcement will take place, vehicles will be required to display current registration and inspection stickers, there will be new tiered residential parking permit fees and parking and minor moving violations after June 1 will be subject to adjudication hearings. Once July 1 comes around, cars can be booted with two or more unpaid parking tickets and all licenses and ID card holders in the District must display valid credentials.
District of Columbia drivers will be expected to have their identification and vehicles fully up-to-date, and generally, handling that business can be tricky with outstanding parking tickets, however that’s where the amnesty program comes into play.
The amnesty program, which ends Sept. 30., gives “resident and non-resident drivers the opportunity to pay only the base fine amount for outstanding parking, photo enforcement (including speed, red-light and stop sign) and minor moving violation tickets,” according to a notice sent from the D.C. DMV.
“Once the amnesty period begins on June 1, 2021, residents and non-resident facing financial hardship should contact the Office of the Chief Financial Officer’s Central Collection Unit (OFCO CCU) for Seattle to options. Any ticket included in a settlement plan will no longer be eligible for adjudication,” the DMV notice explained.
While the amnesty program is exciting and helpful for many District residents, many have some concerns about the immediate parking enforcement, specifically as it relates to DMV related business, such as current tags and registration.
“How is this going to work for new residents who have expired tags due to the pandemic and can’t get an appointment,” District of Champions tweeted. “You need to give a 90 day grace period.”
Further, with many DMV locations closed or operating with limited hours and employees during the pandemic, there has been a delay in administering certain documents, registration and parking stickers.
“Any chance registrations and parking stickers that were applied for months ago will be issued,” Patrick McDonald questioned on Twitter.
In addition, there are concerns about parking enforcement being effective immediately, as getting an appointment with the DMV is very difficult at this time.
“There are no available DMV appointments until August for me to register my vehicle [and] get a parking permit,” one social media user tweeted.
“It continues to be near impossible to get an appointment,” another person tweeted regarding handling business at the DMV.
As questions still need answers regarding the parking enforcement system and policies, officials encourage Washintonians to visit dmv.dc.gov. For more information on the ticket amnesty program visit ticketamnesty.dc.gov.
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