At their July 8th regular meeting, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6C voted unanimously to send a letter to Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) and DC Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Christopher Geldart expressing the commission’s “emphatic support” that DPW resumes enforcement of Residential Permit Parking (RPP).
Vice-Chair Mark Eckenwiler (6C04) moved the letter, citing concerns that DPW is not enforcing RPP violations during the pandemic even as the District has moved to Phase 2. With daytime commuters and workers returning to the District and parking in RPP spaces, Eckenwiler said the lack of enforcement makes it difficult for residents to find parking.
The RPP program limits on-street parking to participating residents living on designated blocks. Parking is limited to two hours during the hours of operation for those vehicles without the appropriate zone RPP sticker. RPP is a jointly administered program that includes the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT), DPW and the DC Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
After circulating a draft, Eckenwiler said the commission plans to identify several “hotspots” where they believe RPP is not enforced in the letter.
“This is something that protects residents,” Eckenwiler said. “It’s entirely consonant with public health interests in the present pandemic for DPW to do the enforcement under the existing rules.”
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