- The Washington Times - Friday, January 29, 2016

Nearly 3,000 parking tickets issued during the snow emergency in D.C. last week will be voided by the city, Mayor Muriel Bowser said Thursday.

The mayor’s decision to void citations applies only to the 2,829 tickets that were were issued Jan. 22, the first day of the emergency, for cars parked illegally on snow routes.

“Despite that drivers were advised last Thursday to remove their vehicles from snow routes, I understand that some who received citations that Friday may not have known about the parking restriction, or may have been running errands in preparation for the storm,” Ms. Bowser said in a statement. “This ticket dismissal is one small way that we can continue to help each other recover from the storm.”

Those who have already paid their fees will be able to apply for a refund, Ms. Bowser said.

The five-and-a-half day snow emergency declared by the city meant that cars parked on certain routes risked being ticketed or towed. By the time the restrictions were lifted Wednesday, the city had issued tickets to 5,479 vehicles and towed a total of 690, D.C. Department of Public Works spokeswoman Linda Grant said.

At a cost of $250 each, plus towing and vehicle storage fees, the city stood to receive upwards of $707,250 from Friday’s voided tickets alone. In all, DPW said the city issued more than $1.3 million in tickets during last week’s storm.

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