Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced that some parking enforcement regulations in Los Angeles will stay relaxed until at least June 1 amid the pandemic.
According to KTLA, the city had stopped ticketing people during routine street sweeping in residential areas, and paused the towing of abandoned vehicles in order to assist those complying with stay-at-home orders.
Garcetti announced that "We still were sweeping the streets, but we weren’t going to ticket you simply because you couldn’t move a car, because you were staying home." KTLA adds that this was supposed to end Friday 05/15, but is now being extended through the rest of the month.
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation announced it will not be issuing parking tickets for the following (courtesy of KTLA):
- Residential street sweeping
- Expired registration on a vehicle
- Rush hour and gridlock zone parking restrictions
- Abandoned vehicles and overnight parking
- Vehicles displaying recently expired permits within preferential parking districts. (They will have a two-week grace period to renew after the expiration date)
Additionally, the Department of Transportation said it will be extending all payment deadlines until June 1 and won’t increase any parking fines until after that date.
Garcetti emphasized that although parking enforcement will be relaxed, parking enforcers will continue throughout the city. Officers will focus their efforts on major health and safety concerns, like ensuring emergency workers can get around, and that businesses can safely run curbside pickup services.
Additionally, the Department of Transportation provided additional guidelines for parking across the city. Officers will continue to enforce the following (courtesy of KTLA):
- Metered parking
- Time limits within preferential parking districts for vehicles without a valid or recently-expired permit
- Posted time limits zones in residential and commercial areas
- All posted temporary “No-Parking signs”
- No blocking emergency access (like alleyways or fire hydrants)
- Colored curb zones
- Parking restrictions for city-owned lots
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