Prepared for Krish A. | Delivered December 4, 2019
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.
The Cost Of Parking
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 $
billion in over payment costs.
Overall parking ticket hearings in the New York City area grew by
% from the FY 2017 to FY 2018
In New York City alone, over
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,
The turnaround time for an in-person parking ticket hearing was
two minutes faster than the previous years.
There’s no doubt that parking rules are
. 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
in annual parking ticket revenue.
shares the total costs of tickets for major cities across the USA.
The city of Boston boasts an $
per capita ticket revenue.
San Francisco has a $
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 $
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 $
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
lists various fines charged.
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
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
% 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.
Street sweeping is the most commonly issued ticket, representing
% of all parking citations from
. For example, the City of San Francisco issued almost 540,000 street cleaning tickets for a value of $36,718,640.%
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
has very specific rules for payment plans, but they do not take income into account. They may be viewed here.
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