Thousands Of D.C. Residents Won’t Have To Pay Parking Tickets Issued During Winter Storm

There’s perhaps nothing better than hearing you won’t have to pay a parking ticket. Thousands of Washington, D.C. residents will be filled with that happy feeling after the mayor said she’ll void more than half the citations issued last Friday during the winter storm that pummeled the East Coast with snow.

Mayor Muriel Bowser will wipe away 2,800 parking tickets issued to residents and visitors who parked on snow-emergency routes before last week’s blizzard, her office announced.

The Washington Post reports that Bowser will toss fees for all tickets handed out on Friday, because some drivers might not have been aware they’d be subject to the $250 fine.

“I understand that some who received citations that Friday may not have known about the parking restriction, or may have been running errands in preparation for the storm,” Bowser said in a statement. “This ticket dismissal is one small way that we can continue to help each other recover from the storm.”

D.C. issued a total of around 5,500 tickets, worth about $1 million during last weekend’s storm, and towed almost 700 vehicles over the five and a half days the area was under a state of emergency.

D.C. to forgive thousands of parking tickets issued during snowstorm [The Washington Post]