Big changes could be coming for parking tickets, cabbies

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Anyone who has ever tried to fight a parking ticket in DC knows it can be a long and drawn out process that sometimes can take two years.

But now City Councilwoman Mary Cheh is proposing a wide range of reforms that will take the hearing process for ticket challenges away from the Department of Motor Vehicles -- where they sometimes languished for as long as two years -- and put them in the hands of a newly created Department of Parking Management.

Cheh says that could speed up the appeal process and make it easier to challenge a ticket.

The changes, if they are approved, won't come soon enough for Guy Durant of DC who is among hundreds of DC residents and others who are frustrated by the appeal process.

He lost a long appeal of tickets his brother racked up on a car they co-owned and he was fined $600.

He says the money was taken right from his tax refund, without notice or chance to appeal the tax lien.

Cheh's proposed legislation would also do away with the often criticized DC Taxi Cab Commission and replace it with a District Transit Authority.

The authority would take over licensing for cabbies and would also handle the Streetcars the city is now building and the Light Rail system the city is now has on the drawing board.

Some cabbies interviewed by WUSA9 say they don't trust the current commission to be fair but they are not sure a new Transit Authority would be any better.

Traditional Cabbies have been fighting an influx of car services like Uber Car which have a different set of rules and rates.

Cheh's proposal has a long way to go including a series of hearings. But she would like to see the changes take effect by the end of 2015.


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