All DC parking enforcement set to resume

Well, it was nice while it lasted.

The relaxation of D.C. parking enforcement due to pressures of the coronavirus pandemic is ending. D.C. will resume all parking enforcement starting Tuesday.

That includes vehicle towing and associated fines, street sweeping rules; vehicles must display valid D.C. registration and inspection stickers.

Residential parking permit fees are also increasing, from $35 to $50 for the first vehicle after June 1. A second vehicle will be $75. A third will be $100.

And if your driver’s license expired during the easing of regulations, you’ll need to get that renewed by July 1.

Booting cars will also make a return starting July 1 for any vehicles with two or more tickets more than 60 days old.

“We have been on a pause during COVID to permit all of our staff to recognize social distancing requirements. And we are beginning to come out of that posture,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said in April.

She said the DMV is scheduling appointments “for you to handle all of your business.”

“And over the last several weeks, they have been making increasing numbers of appointments available,” Bowser said.

There is some good news: D.C. is starting an amnesty program for drivers with outstanding tickets. The program will run from June 1 to Sept. 30. It includes tickets issued before Sept. 30.

“I also want to acknowledge Council member Trayon White, who has been very vocal and working with us to get this program launched as well,” Bowser said.

Drivers eligible for the amnesty program are still obligated to pay their original ticket amount.

But, “penalties will be waived, so for some, this will be a huge benefit and an opportunity to move towards having their registration and credentialing correct,” Bowser said.

Operations and Infrastructure Deputy Mayor Lucinda Babers put a hefty price tag on D.C.’s income if everyone pays what they owe in tickets: $400 million.

“But recognize that everyone does not pay,” Babers said, adding that D.C. would likely see about half that.

Before the pandemic, some $295,800,000 in traffic and parking tickets went unpaid in D.C. in 2019. In 2020, there were 811,792 outstanding tickets that were unpaid, according to a AAA Mid-Atlantic news release.

In Maryland, the outstanding tickets totaled $123,707,707 in 2019 and 2020. While in Virginia, ticket debt in 2019 and 2020 was upward of $76 million.

D.C.’s last ticket amnesty program ended in 2012, AAA Mid-Atlantic said, when the District recovered $3.5 million of $233,676,427 that was owed in tickets.

At-home COVID-19 testing kits now available

DC Health announced a new initiative, called Test Yourself DC, through which residents can pick up coronavirus testing kits to use at home.

According to officials, approximately 8,000 kits will be available every week, and each site will be limited to 100-200 test kits per day.

Results are expected three to five days after dropoff.

The site locations are:

Site

Address

Ward

Mt. Pleasant Library

3160 16th Street NW, 20010

Ward 1

Georgetown Library

3260 R Street NE, 20007

Ward 2

MLK Central Library

901 G Street NW, 20001

Ward 2

West End Library

2301 L Street NW, 20037

Ward 2

Chevy Chase Library

5625 Connecticut Avenue NW, 20015

Ward 3

Cleveland Park Library

3310 Connecticut Avenue NW, 20008

Ward 3

Tenley-Friendship Library

4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW, 20016

Ward 3

Petworth Library

4200 Kansas Avenue NW, 20011

Ward 4

Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library

7420 Georgia Avenue NW, 20012

Ward 4

Woodridge Library

1801 Hamlin Street NE, 20018

Ward 5

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library

1630 7th Street NW

Ward 6

Benning (Dorothy I. Height) Library

3935 Benning Road NE, 20032

Ward 7

Capitol View Library

5001 Central Avenue SE, 20019

Ward 7

Francis A. Gregory Library

3660 Alabama Avenue SE, 20020

Ward 7

Anacostia Library

1800 Good Hope Road SE, 20020

Ward 8

Bellevue (William O. Lockridge) Library

115 Atlantic Street SW, 20032

Ward 8

More information is available online.

WTOP’s Abigail Constantino contributed to this report. 

Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Editor and reporter for WTOP.com. He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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