Feedback requested for Alexandria’s 72-hour parking rule

WASHINGTON — Alexandria officials are asking for the public’s feedback on the “72-hour rule,” a law that prohibits parking “within the public right of way” for a period of more than 72 hours.

The rule, formerly known as section 10-4-8 of the city code, applies to everyone, even residents who are parking in front of their homes, or those with parking permit stickers.

Under the law, when Alexandria police receive a complaint about a violation, an officer is dispatched to the scene. Typically, the officer returns three days later to check again.

If the vehicle in question has been moved, the case is dropped. However, if the vehicle has not been moved, the officer issues a $25 citation. In certain cases, the officer may include a warning indicating the vehicle will be impounded if not removed.

While this rule helps with parking availability, officials said, it might be troublesome for those who park on the street and are headed out of town for an extended period of time.

In addition, because police enforce the rule as they receive resident complaints, officials worry this may fuel neighborhood conflict.

For more information on the “72-hour rule,” visit the City of Alexandria’s page.

Officials encourage residents to attend a citywide meeting planned for late January or early February. For more information, contact Patrick Reed via email or phone at 703-746-4147.

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