Parking Ticket Scameras Hit DC on March 30

D.C. street sweeper photo by kalavinka

D.C. street sweeper photo by kalavinka

The days of returning to your car and finding a ticket on the windshield could be coming to an end. The new meter maid in town is the street sweeper and the tickets will now just show up in the mail a few weeks after your “crime.” According to the D.C. Department of Public Works:

daytime mechanical street sweeping will resume in scheduled, signed residential neighborhoods on Monday, March 23, 2009. Alternate-side parking restrictions in these areas will go into effect as well. Parking tickets, which carry a $30 fine, will be issued, beginning March 30, to vehicles parked during street sweeping hours in areas posted with “No Parking/Street Cleaning” signs.

Beginning March 30, parked cars also may be towed to allow the sweepers access to the curbside. Generally, parking is prohibited for two hours while sweeping is underway.

Each of those street sweepers, which do very little to actually clean D.C.’s filthy streets, is now equipped with a camera designed to generate at least $2 million in revenue so Mayor Fenty and his cronies can continue their reckless spending spree. Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) will be in charge of the program to ensure it generates the maximum revenue possible.

If you don’t get the ticket in the mail, don’t worry.  D.C. is also using its cameras to conveniently boot or tow your vehicle so that you have the opportunity to pay hundreds in towing fees on top of that $30 fine.

The meter maids haven’t been fired yet and will keep issuing tickets. But it’s only a matter of time before they’re replaced with cameras that communicate wirelessly with the new multi-space electronic parking meters. Because it’s all about safety, right?

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