"Learn How to Avoid Being a Victim of Philadelphia Parking Enforcement"
What you need to know about Parking on the streets of Philadelphia
Parking Enforcement Officer ....Ticket Cars.
Booting Officer .....Immobilize car with steel wheel locks.
Towing Officer ....Tow cars to impound lot.
In the early 8o' Parking enforcement was done by a small group of officers from the police department on 13th and Race street. The Parking Authority to over the duties and moved to 2nd and Sansom street. Then to Broad and Callowhill st. Then to 31st and Market . Presently they have locations city wide. The Authority brings in millions of dollars in revenue for the city. Have grown tremendously since the eighties and is here to stay. They do create parking spaces mostly because you fear what will happen if you don't comply. Before parking enforcement you could get by most times in some ares if you didnt pay a meter or stayed over the time limit. Good and Bad points.... Clearing rush hour streets in morning and evening. Letting more people get a shot at a parking spot. Fire hydrants cleared for fire safety. Corner Cleared so you can turn and walk safely. Handicap Parking for handicap drivers cleared. The creation of many jobs that has good health care. Bringing self worth to many people.
Broken, missing and hidden signs. Out dated signs .Signs at the end of the block that govern the whole block. Officers That wait on the corner for the exact moment when the time starts to ticket for rush hour. Getting a ticket for a rush hour at anything under 6 minutes grace. I wonder how many times they are late for role call, a bill or picking up a child from day care etc. and want a break. But some will argue you to death over 1minute. A expired meter is an expired meter but a time zone give a little grace.
Now the odds are far against you. Most People could avoid tickets if the knew the rules and what to look for.
If you have permit parking in your home area you need to have everything in order no more leaving your car in front of your door even if its broke that will be over. Nowhere in the city will be safe to leave you car out of their control. Thats Bad! They already have to much control not even the city knows what they do. The city doesn't know where the revenue they bring in goes? Thats Bad!
About as close to the mob as you can legally get.
Understanding Parking Signs:
Signs are in effect only during hours posted meaning you can park unless it tells you not to or gives you a time limit to park. Signs like NO STOPPING AND NO PARKING TYPE SIGNS WITH NO TIME LIMIT ARE 24 HOURS IN EFFECT !
**AFRAID OF BEING BOOTED !!**
**IF YOU HAVE 3 OR MORE PARKING TICKETS THAT YOU HAVEN'T PAID. DO NOT PARK YOUR CAR
ON THE STREET ! EVEN IF YOU PAID THEM KEEP A COPY. DOUBLE CHECK TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE OFF YOUR RECORD DON'T EXPECT THEM TO DO IT FOR YOU ! **PARK IN A PAY LOT NOT OWNED BY THE CITY. USE A PRIVATE PARKING LOT. IF YOU USE VALET THEY MAY PARK YOUR CAR ON THE STREET TO SAVE MONEY. MAKE SURE THEY DON'T LEAVE YOUR CAR ON THE STREET !**
Green allows you to park for the limit posted on the sign. (Watch: Red and Green signs on same post)
Green sign examples.... 1,2,3,4 hour parking posted areas. This applies to Timed and Metered type parking during the posted hours they are ineffect for service. Signs are not ineffect out of the times posted.
Red signs tell you beware you can not park or you can not park for long and that your car can be towed away if caught in that violation. Example:.. 'no stopping', 'no parking', 'loading zones','tow away zones' ,'firehydrants', 'corner parking',handicap parking', police and authorized parking areas'. fire station and police station vehicles only areas.
IF YOU SEE NO SIGN. LOOK UP AND DOWN THE BLOCK TO FIND A SIGN. IF YOU DON'T HAVE TIME.
PARK SOME WHERE ELSE. WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW WILL TICKET YOU ! A SIGN AT ONE END OF BLOCK OR HIDDEN BY ANYTHING TREE BRANCH,TRUCK ANYTHING YOU WILL GET TICKET. THEY WILL POINT IT OUT TO YOU LATER. REMEMBER ONE SIGN COVERS THE WHOLE BLOCK.
IF THE SIGN IS UPSIDE DOWN OR SOME WHAT COVERED BY ANYTHING THEY WILL TICKET YOU !
THEY EXPECT YOU TO READ BETWEEN THE LINES.
IN OTHER WORDS THEY EXPECT YOU TO KNOW WHAT THE HAVE BEEN TAUGHT. EVEN THOUGH YOU
HAVEN'T BEEN TAUGHT ! DON'T BE CHEAP PUT IN A EXTRA 25 CENTS IN THE METER INSTEAD OF JUST ENOUGH. GIVE YOURSELF EXTRA TIME TO GET BACK. THINK, MANY TIMES YOU GET TO A METER THAT HAS TIME STILL ON IT ! DON'T BE CHEAP ! DON'T BE CHEAP ! IT WILL COST YOU A HIGH PRICE TICKET $25 OR MORE EVEN HUNDREDS OF $$$ A TOW AND OR A BOOT !.
Links to other parking tickets help sites:
http://www.philapark.org/tickets/pay_parkingticket.aspx ....Philadelphia Parking Authority Site.
Other online sites....