L.A. City Council Votes to Continue Some Relaxed Parking Enforcement


LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles City Council voted today to continue to refrain from enforcing certain parking rules through the month of July due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Department of Transportation announced last week it would begin enforcing certain parking violations starting Monday, but the council's emergency motion Wednesday directed the department to not enforce violations related to:

-- residential street sweeping;

-- peak/rush-hour and anti-gridlock zone restrictions;

-- abandoned vehicles (72-hour rule);

-- expired registrations;

-- loading zones (white curb) within a 10-minute grace period.

LADOT will also continue to allow relaxed enforcement for:

-- “No Overnight/Oversized Vehicle'' parking zones;

-- vehicles with recently expired Preferential Parking Permits

The City Council also voted to waive any parking citations issued in July for those violations.

In addition, the payment due date for existing citations will be extended until Aug. 1, and late payment penalties on existing citations will be delayed until Aug. 1.

People who can document that they are unemployed are eligible to have late penalties waived if they pay the base citation by the end of the 2020 calendar year, according to LADOT officials.

Those who want to fill out an “unemployment waiver'' can contact LADOT's customer care hotline at 866-561-9742. People who have experienced financial hardship are eligible for a payment plan and can contact LADOT at the same number.

All other parking enforcement categories will continue to be enforced as they have been throughout the Safer at Home order. These categories include:

-- metered parking;

-- time limits within preferential parking districts for vehicles without a valid or recently expired permit;

-- posted time limits in residential and commercial areas;

-- all posted temporary “No Parking'' signs;

-- vehicles that block emergency access, such as alleyways and fire hydrants;

-- colored curb zones;

-- parking restrictions for city-owned lots.

In addition, LADOT will continue to provide free temporary pick-up zone parking signs for eligible retail and food service providers. Businesses can apply for a pick-up zone on the LADOT website, ladot.lacity.org.

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