Councilman Bill Peduto today introduced legislation that would "permanently" end nighttime enforcement of on-street parking meters.
In December 2010, council passed a bill extending enforcement four hours, until 10 p.m., in seven neighborhoods.
The expanded enforcement took effect in June 2011, but council quickly suspended the practice amid a public outcry and a dispute with the parking authority over the pace of a meter modernization program.
On-street meters currently are enforced from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, but nighttime enforcement in the seven neighborhoods -- Downtown, North Shore, Oakland, Shadyside, the South Side, the Strip District and Squirrel Hill -- is scheduled to resume Jan. 2. Mr. Peduto's new bill would keep the enforcement cutoff at 6 p.m. citywide and drop any consideration of bringing back added hours.
Mr. Peduto said he opposes nighttime enforcement because of the potential impact on city businesses. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said he also prefers a 6 p.m. enforcement cutoff.
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