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Thursday, April 19, 2012

PARKAtlanta might soon write tickets 24 hours a day in some parts of city

Do you take comfort in the fact that there are certain hours and days - like after 7 p.m. or on Sundays - when PARKAtlanta, the private parking enforcers trained by Satan himself, isn't permitted to ticket your car? For those few moments, you feel safe? Maybe even human?

Those days might soon be over. Under legislation proposed by Atlanta City Councilman H. Lamar Willis, parking in some parts of the city could be enforced 24 hours a day. And leaving your car parked overnight would cost $2. Some of the proposed changes, per a City Council summary forwarded to us by a concerned community member:

Business/Government Zones:
· Impose 24-hour parking meter enforcement Monday through Saturday;
· Charge a $2.00 flat fee for overnight parking (7 pm - 7 am).

School-University Zones:
· Impose 24-hour parking meter enforcement Monday through Saturday;
· Charge a $2.00 flat fee for overnight parking (7 pm - 7 am).

Entertainment/Restaurant/Hospital:
· Impose 24-hour parking meter enforcement Monday through Saturday;
· Change enforcement hours from 7 am - 10 am to 7 am - 12 am;
· Charge a $2.00 flat fee for overnight parking (12 am - 7 am)

Mayor Kasim Reed's staff told WAGA's Morse Diggs that the new legislation is a "compromise" with PARKAtlanta, which was originally promised a contract that allowed 24-hour enforcement. (We've asked Willis via email why he's introducing the legislation and will update if we hear back.) The legislation, which still requires councilmembers' approval and the mayor's signature, will come up for discussion in City Council's Transportation Committee on Wednesday, May 2 at 10:30 a.m.

UPDATE, 11:57 a.m. Reed's spokesman last night said the legislation's language that said parking in mixed-use areas would be enforced overnight on weekends was a typo. There will be no overnight enforcement in those areas on weekends. Motorists will have to pay a $2 fee to park their car overnight, however.

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