Question/Comment: What is the purpose of the 48-hour parking rule? It causes residents much grief because we can not park on the street to go away for a vacation, for example. I have heard that this is used to keep out non-resident and abandoned cars, so how big are these problems in the city? How many residents end up getting tickets for violating this rule each month or year? How much revenue is generated by these fines? I think the city should scrap this rule and rely instead on resident complaints to deal with these issues. Thanks!
City Update 9/1/2009: As stated on T&P's website, "The 'Over 48 Hour' regulation is designed to prevent non-resident vehicles from being stored on city streets and to identify and remove abandoned or stolen vehicles. After snow storms, this regulation is enforced on vehicles that have not been shoveled out and cleaned. These vehicles create pedestrian safety issues, impede sightlines for pedestrians and motorists and make accessing city streets difficult for emergency vehicles." Enforcement when there is not snow is driven primarily by constituent complaints. In terms of numbers of tickets issued, there were 4,354 tickets issued in Nov., Dec., Jan, and Feb. of 2008-2009. Fewer are issued in the summer months, with about 50 issued per month.