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Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks at a D.C. Fire and EMS graduation ceremony for new recruits

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WASHINGTON — If you received a ticket for parking on a D.C. snow emergency route Friday, Jan. 22, the citation will be voided.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Thursday that the citations issued only on Friday will be voided.

D.C. issued a snow emergency that took effect at 9:30 a.m. Friday and ended at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. In a snow emergency, cars parked along snow emergency routes will be ticketed and towed.

“Despite that drivers were advised last Thursday to remove their vehicles from snow routes, I understand that some who received citations that Friday may not have known about the parking restriction, or may have been running errands in preparation for the storm,” Bowser said in a news release.

“This ticket dismissal is one small way that we can continue to help each other recover from the storm.”

D.C. issued 2,800 citations Friday — each of which carried with it a fine of $250 fine, a $100 towing fee and a $20 impound fee.

Those who already paid their tickets will receive a refund, Bowser said.

However, the towing and storage fees still apply for all ticket recipients.

Residents with questions about the citation void are asked to call 311.

D.C. issued more than $1.3 million worth of tickets during the snow emergency, according to D.C. Department of Public Works data.

During the snow emergency, 5,479 vehicles were issued tickets for parking in the snow emergency routes, says DPW spokeswoman Linda Grant. Also, 690 vehicles were towed during the same time period, Grant says.

 

source:  WTOP.com

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