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In case you haven’t noticed yet, your parking permit got more expensive

The PPA has sent out applications for new, more expensive parking permits, which will now cost houses with four cars $260 a year instead of as little as $80.

PPA permit

Having only one car is a much more modest $35. The new pricing structure was the result of an ordinance passed last fall to discourage households from having multiple cars. The first car is $35, the second is $50, third is $75 and a fourth or more (god forbid) are $100 a piece.

PPA permit letterThe old price was $35 for the first year and $20 for a renewal, no matter the number of cars registered to one house.

Reaction to the rule change was strong, with vehement defenders of cars and car-free urbanites equally making their case in our comments (43 of them, actually). Debate or not, it’s here now. What do you think?



10 Responses to In case you haven’t noticed yet, your parking permit got more expensive

  1. AM January 20, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

    love it. though I don’t think it will change much. people will either pay up or find a way to skirt the system like they do with insurance and the wage tax.

  2. SC January 20, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

    $35/year for one car is still a steal. I’d jack the single car prices up some more.

  3. Jillian January 20, 2014 at 7:16 pm #

    Love it! In some neighborhoods 1 house can take up 1/2 the parking spaces. It’s not fair.

  4. OGJamie January 20, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

    What I find crazy from the previous thread is that people who own two cars – probably a bit much for city dwelling but better than 3 or 4 – are incensed that they have to pay $85 a year to park their two vehicles. Less than $100 to keep out non-permit cars so you can more easily park your two vehicles in an urban setting is a steal! Try getting that rate for two cars in a garage.

  5. Aaron January 20, 2014 at 7:53 pm #

    still one of the biggest direct public subsidies for car-owners.

  6. AnthonyG January 21, 2014 at 10:22 am #

    Still waaay too cheap.

  7. lsb January 23, 2014 at 9:42 am #

    Cars parked with NJ plates for days on end during the storm because people register their cars at their shore homes or Mom & Dads… wish they would start getting fees!

    The new fees dont bother me..

  8. theresa January 24, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    We who own cars and property in this city have not only parking fees raised but our property taxes have doubled to. BTW NO OGJAMIE, we are not privileged to have parking spots available readily, many nights it takes 45 minutes or longer to find parking especially Thursdays to Sunday’s.

    • SC January 24, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

      Two separate entities, both price hikes are well overdue. I also own a home and a car in a coveted South Philly neighborhood, for perspective. It’d be easier for you to find a parking space if parking permits were doled out at “fair market price”.

  9. theresa January 24, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

    Maybe you can afford the two rate hikes but many people who live here and have lived here all our lives can not. Who left you to judge these tax hikes are overdue. This is plainly another money grab by the City of Philadelphia.

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