D.C. raises record amount of revenue from parking tickets


(Amanda Voisard/THE WASHINGTON POST)

That amount for fiscal 2011 was more than $12 million higher than the previous year, according to data that the American Automobile Association obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request.

“When it comes to the sheer number of parking tickets written each day and the overall amount of parking ticket fines collected, the District of Columbia is the envy of cities large and small around the country,” said John B. Townsend II of AAA.

Townsend calculated that the District takes in an average of $370,000 in parking fines every working day of the year.

“If the city were to stack the amount of parking fines collected in single dollar bills, it would nearly reach to the average altitude that a commercial airliner flies above the surface of the earth,” Townsend said.

The District received $31 million in parking fines in the first four months of the current fiscal year, Townsend said, predicting that a new revenue record would be set this year.

District parking enforcement officers issued 1.6 million tickets in fiscal 2011, he said.

In addition to fines paid by ticket recipients, Townsend said the District nets about $40 million in parking meter revenue from 17,000 parking meters.

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Ashley Halsey reports on national and local transportation.
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