Monday, January 7, 2013

Parking Enforcement in Residential Neighborhoods (1/7/12)

I received the information below from a neighborhood civic organization, University Place Association:

Please alert your civic clubs, residents, neighbors, etc., of the new, more stringent level of enforcement of parking regulations in our community.  We have been informed that the City of Houston Parking Management Division, which enforces Residential Permit parking and ALL OTHER City parking regulations, recently assigned a dedicated enforcement officer to the area bounded by US59, Kirby Drive, Fannin and Holcombe.   According to Parking Management, as of 5 or 6 months ago they began assigning/dedicating officers to areas/beats throughout the City, not just in our community.  Residents of Southampton, Boulevard Oaks and Southgate have reported receiving numerous tickets for a variety of parking infractions over the past few weeks.

Although there has always been some enforcement of parking regulations in our community, now that an officer has been dedicated to our area, parking regulations are being regularly/stringently enforced.   Residents have received tickets for parking a vehicle on the street and not moving it every 24 hours.  Under Houston’s Code of Ordinances, Sec. 26-93, “It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly leave parked or standing in any public street, alley or other public place any vehicle for a longer continuous period of time than 24 hours.  This means that any vehicle parked on the street for more than 24 hours without moving is in violation of the law and subject to ticketing, booting, and ultimately, towing.  Having a Residential Parking permit does not exempt from this law.

Residents are also receiving tickets for various other infractions, including for parking a vehicle in their driveway that extends partially or totally across the sidewalk.  This stringent enforcement of parking regulations, some of which make little or no sense in deed restricted residential neighborhoods, is a major problem for those residents whose garages are too small to house all of a family’s vehicles and those whose driveways were built many decades ago to accommodate smaller cars but not today’s longer vehicles that now stick out over the sidewalk even when pulled all the way up the driveway.