PPA to resume Center City parking enforcement on June 8

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia Parking Authority will resume on-street parking enforcement on June 8.

Executive Director Scott Petri said it will phase in enforcement, beginning in Center City and University City. Citywide enforcement will commence on June 22.

“We have a long phased-in process,” Petri said. “It will not be full enforcement for several weeks. It will phase in.”

The PPA has been placing warnings on windshields to alert drivers that they’ll be required to follow all signs and regulations, including fees at meters and kiosks.

As those restrictions ease, Petri said it’s important to create more turnover at the curb.

“We’ve noticed during this closed-down period people staying in the same spot for long periods of time, a lot of out-of-state license plates that stay overnight, so now there are less spots for you and I,” he added. “We’ve seen a lot of safety violations we believe that are, in part, caused by frustrated drivers who can’t find legal spots because the metered spots are occupied.”

Petri is urging drivers to use the meterUP phone app so they can avoid touching kiosks.

The PPA suspended on-street enforcement, except for safety violations, back in March, in response to the COVID-19 stay-at-home order. It has not been collecting fees at its lots and garages since then, but that will change on Monday when it resumes charging normal rates.