PHILADELPHIA March 2, 2017 – Today, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown (At Large) and Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sanchez (7th District) introduced an Ordinance to amend Philadelphia’s Parking Regulations and Penalties code. This ordinance aims to increase transparency and notice for when temporary parking prohibitions are placed throughout the city.
Section 1. Chapter 12-900 of The Philadelphia Code would be amended to read as follows:
12-903. Stopping, Standing or Parking Prohibited at Certain Times.
(7) An application by any person for a permit to temporarily prohibit parking on a street or portion thereof for moving, deliveries, or other approved purpose, shall be granted by the Department only on the condition, in addition to such other requirements that the Department may impose, that the permittee post the required notice of the temporary parking prohibition at the location a minimum of 72 hours before the temporary prohibition will go into effect.
(.a) Promptly upon approving an application for such temporary prohibition of parking on any street or portion thereof, the Department shall post notice of such temporary prohibition on its website. Such notice shall be posted at least one week in advance of the effective date of the parking prohibition, and shall specify the location and the dates for which the prohibition will be effective.
(.b) Persons who are approved for a temporary parking prohibition permit shall obtain from the Police Department the required signs indicating such prohibition and shall post such signs at the restricted location no less than seventy-two (72) hours in advance of the effective time of the prohibition. The permittee shall remove the signs promptly after the expiration of the permitted restriction time.
“It is imperative that our City’s residents be given ample notification when the street they have legally parked their car on is being closed,” said Councilwoman Reynolds Brown. “Without easy access to this knowledge, our residents will continue to have their cars towed and ticketed through no real fault of their own.”
“This ordinance is about ample notice and clear transparency,” said Councilwoman Quiñones-Sanchez. “We look forward to working with the Administration and the Streets Department to ensure the information regarding street closures is quickly and efficiently disseminated to public.”
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