COUNCILWOMAN CINDY BASS CALLS ON PARKING AUTHORITY TO EXTEND PARKING AMNESTY DEADLINE

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Councilwoman Cindy Bass (8th District) is calling on the Philadelphia Parking Authority to extend the deadline to enroll in the 2018 Parking Amnesty program.

“The line to enroll in the parking amnesty program at the Philadelphia Parking Authority near 10th and Filbert streets has consistently stretched several blocks long since the program started in March,” Councilwoman Bass said. “This is a testament to the high demand for the program, the relative success of getting folks signed up for parking amnesty, and to the program’s ability to raise revenue for Philadelphia. Because of the program’s benefit to our constituents and our City, I am calling on the PPA to extend the deadline for the amnesty program so that more people can enroll.”

The 2018 Parking Amnesty program was created by a bill introduced by Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell (3rd District).

“I voted in favor of the parking amnesty bill because it benefits some of our more vulnerable constituents, who, because of financial instability, may have hundreds or thousands of dollars in parking violation fees that are sometimes decades old. Penalties from the tickets and inability to pay the fees could result in constituents’ cars being booted or towed, interfering with individuals’ ability to travel for work and posing other hardships. Parking amnesty allows the City to collect some fees and relieves citizens from a heavier financial burden.

“I want to commend and thank my colleague Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell for her leadership on this important issue, and for advocating for Philadelphia citizens,” Bass said.

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