July 31, 2021

DCTRS

Damascus Center for Theoretical and Civil Rights Studies

L.A. County suspends some parking fines amid COVID-19 spike

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will temporarily stop enforcing street-sweeping parking restrictions as residents are again being urged to stay home amid an unprecedented coronavirus surge.

Along with street sweeping, officials announced that vehicles with expired registration also will not be cited for the time being, though they did not say how long the relaxation would last.

The department’s decision applies to unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.

“The recent stay-at-home order issued in early December brought to light once again the need for additional parking across Los Angeles County,” department officials wrote in a statement Wednesday.

Enforcement of other violations — such as blocking fire hydrants; parking in a red zone, fire lane or improperly in a handicap space; blocking driveways or parking in a way that disrupts traffic; as well as metered parking in business districts — will continue.

The city of Los Angeles had suspended ticketing for parking violations for nearly seven months after the pandemic began, lifting that rule in October. Street-sweeping enforcement is continuing in the city, but officials have launched a program that gives residents a $20 discount if they pay some parking citations, including residential street sweeping, within 48 hours.

The Early Pay LA program will remain in effect until June 30.

“No one wants to see that ticket on their windshield, but Early Pay LA gives people a chance to get a break on the cost if they can pay quickly,” Seleta Reynolds, general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, said in a statement.

Both the city and county of Los Angeles are under a state-mandated stay-at-home order issued to halt the spread of COVID-19, which is infecting, hospitalizing and killing Californians at levels never before seen in the pandemic.

That order, which is in effect through at least Dec. 28, imposed a series of new restrictions and limitations on businesses and public spaces in affected communities, and encourages residents to stay home as much as possible — except for work, outdoor recreation or to access essential services.