Philadelphia Parking-Ticket Amnesty Goes into Effect

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COUNCILWOMAN Jannie Blackwell

City Council came to grips with a long-standing dilemma on Tuesday with the unveiling of an amnesty for old parking tickets.

The measure was a response to a campaign by the Finance Department to collect up to $580 million in unpaid parking tickets, some of them going back decades. While there was widespread applause for this measure – this lost revenue could go a long way toward funding the city’s schools, for instance – Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell (3rd Dist.) expressed several concerns.

Many old tickets are owed by low-income residents who cannot afford to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for ancient infractions. In addition, she pointed out, it is not clear that all old records are reliable; yet there are few means to dispute them at this time. Enabling people to write off old tickets would encourage them to get right on recent tickets and start the habit of working with the law going forward.

Who is eligible for amnesty?
• Individuals with parking violations issued prior to 2013 that are unpaid, or partially unpaid.
• Individuals with towing and storage fees prior to 2015.

How will I benefit from amnesty?
• All parking tickets including fines and penalties prior to 2013 will be forgiven and/or
• 70% of towing & storage fees prior to 2015 will be forgiven.

How do I enroll in amnesty?
• To enroll, individuals can make payments in full for violations issued in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, or they can enroll in a payment plan for outstanding tickets: 10% down payment, over 24 months.
• If an individual does not have any unpaid tickets issued 2013-2017, they can pay a $50 fee to enroll in amnesty and will be forgiven of all violations older than 2013 (except for towing and storage fees).
• Individuals with towing and storage fees prior to 2015 can enroll by paying 30% of fees in full and the remaining 70% will be forgiven. No payment plans will be offered for towing and storage fees prior to 2015.

How do I stay enrolled in amnesty?
• If enrolled in a payment plan for tickets issued 2013-2017, individuals must make all monthly payments on time to stay enrolled in amnesty.
• If a payment on tickets issued 2013-2017 is missed, individuals will no longer be eligible for amnesty and will be responsible for older tickets unless special circumstances can be shown.

What will happen next?
Enrollment in the amnesty program will begin Mar. 1 and run through April 30.
• On Mar. 1, please visit to find out more information and enroll online.
• Beginning Mar. 12, visit 917 Filbert Street between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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One Response to Philadelphia Parking-Ticket Amnesty Goes into Effect

  1. I just recive more tickets in the mail I do not understand what is going on . We move out of the city on 06 2004 and we move 4hrs away .we do not come down to the city we have no reason too. But when we first move here we received a phone call from the parking ticket division and they explained we had out standing tickets ,we have recipes for every one we got and paid them .he said it could of been blown off the vecial or lost some way .so I paid them and I ask are you sure there is know more he replied no more we were good , then in about a year later another call from your division saying we owe for nonpayment on parking tickets again .i got my receipts out and he said that the numbers were not the ones I owe so I told him I ask the man if there was any more he said no now you say I have more. So now you say I owe all of these .i think some one in your payment division . Did not enter my payments and took my money ,I have my bank staments, and I have all of my tickets that I got and all of my receipts from my banks and post office . It seems all ful funny after all these years I get more tickets for years I have not live in Phila .that was one of the reason we move .i eve an have photos of the cavorts of business that would not get ticket s and how the people’s who was living there always ticket, now my hubsand is in bad health and myself has health issues too he is 70 this month coming and I am in my late six,s .we have a very fix income which I know we could not pay any pass tickets ,we get $ 947 00 a month . So paying you would take a way from my food I don,t get food stamps or any extra I will be sending he reporter a copy .

    Pamela Mcintyre
    March 11, 2018 at 5:37 pm

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