Spotted: Can the PPA just park anywhere? Not anymore.

A gracious reader sent us this picture recently of a Philadelphia Parking Authority ticket writer parked illegally at Passyunk and Morris.

PPA illegal park

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 and we’ll feature it in Spotted, a regular feature.

3 thoughts on “Spotted: Can the PPA just park anywhere? Not anymore.

  • August 1, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I think it falls under “no fair!” if the 20 minute grace period only applied to them, but since it appears that it applies to the general public, I’m kinda okay if they get 20 minutes, too.

  • August 2, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Yesterday, I saw a PPA worker who was too lazy to park and walk, stop her large van in the middle of an intersection and block traffic while she wrote tickets. When someone honked at her, she honked and yelled at them. It was ridiculous. Philly residents obviously don’t want to get ticketed (and we will bitch and moan about it), but it’s an easier pill to swallow when PPA workers aren’t acting entitled and rude, and when the ticketing is consistent and fair to everyone.

    • August 2, 2013 at 11:08 am

      Did you catch the ID number on the van? The only way to stop that annoying behavior is to report it.

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