Pittsburgh nighttime parking enforcement put off until July 1
Members of Pittsburgh City Council listen to council member Bill Peduto talk about postponing parking meter enforcement at night until summer 2013. The measure passed with only Patrick Dowd abstaining. (L-R) Dowd, Rev. Ricky Burgess, Bruce Kraus Corey O'Connor, R. Daniel Lavelle, Peduto.
Pittsburgh City Council member Patrick Dowd, right, talks with council member Rev. Ricky Burgess before a vote was taken about postponing parking meter enforcement at night until summer 2013. The measure passed with only Dowd abstaining.
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There will be no nighttime enforcement of Pittsburgh's on-street parking meters until July 1.
In a final vote today, council suspended a 2011 law that, beginning Jan. 2, would have extended enforcement of on-street meters by four hours, until 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The enforcement would have been Downtown, on the North Shore, on the South Side, and in Oakland, Shadyside, the Strip District and Squirrel Hill.
Councilman Bill Peduto had called for permanently doing away with nighttime enforcement, citing the potential impact on small businesses already competing with suburban shopping malls.
But his colleagues favored a suspension, partly because of revenue to be gained from added enforcement.
"During this time, we do lose money from the meters," council President Darlene Harris said of the six-month suspension. "But more importantly, we lose the money from the fines."
Councilman Ricky Burgess estimated that the added enforcement annually would generate $1.2 million in meter and fine revenue for the city.
Today's vote does not affect metered lots, which already have nighttime enforcement.
First Published December 27, 2012 11:01 am