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Philly Parking Authority’s Tough Crackdown on ADA Violations Pays Off

Philly Parking Authority’s Tough Crackdown on ADA Violations Pays Off

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About a month and a half after launching a tougher enforcement campaign, the Philadelphia Parking Authority has ticketed thousands of drivers for parking on the sidewalk and violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

According to Rich Lazer, executive director of the PPA, the agency has issued 15,000 more tickets for parking on the sidewalk and blocking curb cuts in just 45 days, compared to the same period last year.

“I think it’s gotten out of hand and hopefully this will now teach people to follow the rules and not park on the sidewalk or block ADA accessible ramps,” Lazer said.

The extra enforcement followed warnings and Lazer hopes that the fines will send a signal, especially in neighborhoods where illegal parking is more common.

“It’s the denser areas — North Philadelphia, Fishtown, Southfield — that are more congested, I think, where we see more violations, versus other neighborhoods where people might have driveways or it’s not as dense,” he said. “At the end of the day, it’s really about quality of life.”

Lazer said illegal parking causes problems, especially for people with walkers and wheelchairs, and also for children. “It’s not safe for children or anyone,” he said.

Extra surveillance will be in place at all times to keep curbs and sidewalks clear of cars.

“We want people to follow the rules and I want to see the number of violations go down because I want to get to a point where people don’t do it anymore.”

The PPA has hired more staff to expand patrols throughout the city, rather than just in Center City, West Philadelphia and the city’s business districts.

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