|Posted:||June 28, 2018 01:09 PM|
|From:||Senator Randy Vulakovich and Sen. Jay Costa, Sen. Wayne D. Fontana|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Cities of the 2nd Class - Parking Tickets by Mail|
|In the near future, we plan to introduce legislation that would allow the Pittsburgh Parking Authority to establish a 'ticket by mail' program to supplement their enforcement activities. The legislation would provide:
There are some parking infractions that are very difficult to enforce. For instance, in Pittsburgh tickets are written for vehicles that are parked on the street during street sweeping by Department of Public Works. An officer must follow the street sweeper, observe the violation as the street sweeper passes a car, write a ticket for each car, and place the ticket on the windshield. It is very time consuming and it slows street sweepers down to the point where they often can’t complete their street sweeping routes as they wait for the officer to print and place the ticket. By providing the authority to mount unattended license plate reading cameras on vehicles such as street sweepers, to observe and document parking citations the driver could operate the camera for the purposes of evidence collection. The data from a License Plate Reader would be uploaded to enforcement servers where it would be verified by an officer and either approved or rejected as a ticket before it is put in the mail.
Finally, the Pittsburgh Parking Authority currently tracks permits, meter payments, and citations by license plate number. Therefore, if a license plate is obstructed they are not able to verify its parking rights. Some drivers are obstructing their license plates with placards or with plastic screens that make it difficult to read the numbers. Current state law allows police officers to write tickets for obstructed license plates, however the law does not allow parking authorities to do so. The Pittsburgh Parking Authority is also asking for this authority.
Thank you for considering cosponsoring this legislation. If you have any questions, please contact Nate Silcox of Sen. Vulakovich's Office, Stephen Bruder of Sen. Costa's Office, or Colleen DeFrank of Sen. Fontana's Office.
Introduced as SB1223