Drivers who park at 7 p.m. at a two-hour meter in Georgetown will not have to move their cars at 9 p.m., although they will have to plug more quarters in the machine to stay longer.
“After we added Saturday parking and extended enforcement into evening, one of the things we heard back was that people didn’t mind paying for parking in the evening,” said Transportation Department spokesman John Lisle. “But what they objected to was the two-hour limit in the evening made it difficult to do certain things, like go to a movie or a restaurant.”
Complaints about the relatively new policy of ticketing for meter violations until 10:30 p.m. has sparked a minor change in the rules. Enforcement will continue well into the evening, but the D.C. Department of Transportation is proposing to lift the meter time limit.
How does the department’s proposed policy improve the meter dilemma for, say, a moviegoer? It doesn’t, said D.C. Councilman Jack Evans, D-Ward 2. Drivers will still have to leave wherever they are to feed the meter — they just won’t have to move their cars.
“That’s of no value at all,” he said. “That does nothing.”
Evans said he will soon move to repeal evening enforcement.
“The last time you should have to pay the meter is 6:30,” he said. “After 6:30, you should be putting no quarters in the meter.” Read more.