A gracious reader sent us this picture recently of a Philadelphia Parking Authority ticket writer parked illegally at Passyunk and Morris.
It immediately tapped into that “No fair!” instinct. Turns out, the PPA doesn’t like it either.
Spokesman Martin O’Rourke told us last week that ticket writers are actually not allowed to park in no-parking zones – anymore.
As of June 7, the PPA banned employees from parking in the zones. Previously, they were allowed a grace period of 20 minutes. We sent the picture to O’Rourke, who said the agent who parked the car will be reprimanded. Whoa.
Even more surprising, though, O’Rourke said that the 20 minute grace period for parking in the zones still applies to the public at large, which we never knew was ever allowed. So, next time you want to pop into a corner store, test it out and let us know if you get a ticket. Just make sure to come back within 20 minutes.
O’Rourke said “the grace period was eliminated to make internal staff parking rules uniform for our on-street personnel.” But we suspect the change was also influenced because the old ways were “No fair!”
Thanks so much to the faithful reader who set us this photo. See something amiss? Or something cool? Snap a picture and email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll feature it in Spotted, a regular feature.