In the perpetual spy-versus-spy contest pitting motorists against DC parking enforcement, the drivers have been getting the upper hand. The number of parking tickets issued in the District of Columbia has declined in six of the last seven years, according to a recent survey by AAA Mid-Atlantic.
“Parking ticket revenue continues to precipitously drop in Washington, DC, as parking enforcers issue fewer citations,” said John B. Townsend II, manager of public and government affairs at AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Parking ticket revenue in the District is organic.”
Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 is the third year in a row the District has witnessed a drop in the number of parking tickets issued. A year earlier, total parking ticket output dropped to 1.6 million citations in FY2016, from 1.7 million the previous budget cycle. Parking ticket revenue dropped by nearly $8 million during the previous budget cycle, from $68,289,233 during FY2016 to $60,650,182 in FY2017, according to data obtained by AAA Mid-Atlantic through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
The District issued 597,676 fewer parking citations in FY2017 than it did in FY2011. Since FY 2010, the District has issued 14,237,853 parking citations and collected $662,615,890 in parking ticket revenue, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.
Parking is a hot commodity here—DC drivers spend an average of 65 hours per year searching for a space in Washington, according to a study by traffic data firm INRIX. The price tag comes to an average of $4,218 annually, per AAA.