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The District's red top parking meters will begin ticketing March 1

February 3, 2012 - 12:44 PM
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Starting March 1, the D.C. government will begin enforcing their nearly 400 red top meters that were installed throughout last month. D.C. has 17,000 metered spaces overall, which in the past year have become more modern than ever with their ability accept credit cards and phone payments and now with several hundred reserved for, as DDOT announces, "persons with disabilities who properly display a valid placard or license plate to park." Drivers with disabilities will still have to pay for the parking: "Meter parking patrons with a valid disability plate or placard will be able to park for twice the time on these meters as long as they pay the established meter rate for that block face." These 400 new meters will be located in the Central Business District of D.C. as well as in Federal corridors of SW.

Consider February a warning month. D.C. will post traffic officers near the meters and issue warnings ... but no formal tickets will be issued until March. In a September 2011 presentation, DDOT noted the initiative was happening in part due to people who faked disabilities to park for free. The new system will purportedly result in "improved accessibility," the city says.

Keep your eyes open for these meters, drivers. Learn more at DDOT's page on the new red top meters.

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