Parking Tickets

Goals

To obtain current statistics on parking tickets like the most common offenses, FAQs, average amounts, low income exceptions, installment options, and the average parking tickets handed out per day for multiple cities/states for a blog post.

Early Findings

The Cost Of Parking

  • On average, U.S. drivers spend 17 hours per year searching for a parking spot at a cost of $345 per driver in wasted time, fuel and emissions. Of course, when you focus on the top 10 cities, those numbers skyrocket. New Yorkers spend roughly 107 hours searching for a parking spot and Angelinos average 85 hours of wasted driving time at an individual cost of $1,785 each year.
  • U.S. drivers spend an annual average of $20 billion in over payment costs.

Ticket Facts

  • Overall parking ticket hearings in the New York City area grew by 22% from the FY 2017 to FY 2018
  • In New York City alone, over 11.7 million parking tickets were issued in total in 2018.
  • There was a notable increase in the number of hearing requested online, meaning more citizens are opting for a quicker, digital route.
  • The turnaround time for an in-person parking ticket hearing was 11 minutes, two minutes faster than the previous years.

Parking Rules

  • There’s no doubt that parking rules are complex. It’s almost natural that we get them wrong. In fact, confusing parking signs and rules bring in millions of dollars in city revenue each year. Take San Francisco for example — some drivers have reported seeing red no-parking curbs with a parking meter. What about those signs that read “No parking 2 am 6 am, except Sundays and holidays,” or the 1-hour pay-to-park sign followed by another that reads “3 1/2 hour parking after 6 pm”? The list goes on and it only gets more confusing.

Parking Ticket Fees

  • Parking tickets are an important part of city revenue — so big that the 16 major U.S. cities we studied collectively pull in over $1.4 billion in annual parking ticket revenue.
  • This website shares the total costs of tickets for major cities across the USA.
  • The city of Boston boasts an $83 per capita ticket revenue.
  • San Francisco has a $1,000 fine for obstructing traffic without a permit, a $110 fine for blocking a charging bay and an $83 fine for parking in a truck-loading zone.
  • New York has a $115 fine for stopping, standing or parking where signs, street markings or traffic control devices do not permit you to do so. It has a $65 fine for standing or parking at an angle to the curb and a $165 fine for parking in front of a pedestrian ramp.
  • In Chicago, you can get a $150 fine for blocking a fire lane, a $150 fine for parking or standing in a bicycle lane and a $200 fine for parking in a disabled parking zone.
  • This article from Investopedia lists various fines charged.

Late Fees

  • Whether it’s forgetfulness or inability to pay the fines, late fees on parking tickets are especially common among 25–34-year-olds. Millennials are most likely to leave a parking ticket unpaid for an extended period of time with 40% neglecting to pay their parking tickets until 60 days have passed, and another 30% saying they wait at least 30 days to pay — accruing one or more late fees.
  • New York and Colorado residents are also notorious for accruing late fees, with 22% of drivers waiting at least 30 days to pay their tickets. Meanwhile, Massachusetts drivers had the longest outstanding parking tickets of all the states surveyed — 14% of the drivers said they’ve left at least one parking ticket unpaid for 10+ years.

Common Offenses

  • Street sweeping is the most commonly issued ticket, representing 41% of all parking citations from coast to coast. For example, the City of San Francisco issued almost 540,000 street cleaning tickets for a value of $36,718,640.%
  • The other most common offenses are expired meter (24%), red zone (%), permit only parking (%), receipt not displayed (8%), and no parking zone (6%).

Sources for Detailed State Information

Payment Plans

  • Baltimore has very specific rules for payment plans, but they do not take income into account. They may be viewed here.

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