Controversy Surrounds New D.C. Parking Permits

By Jackie Bensen
|  Saturday, Aug 10, 2013  |  Updated 8:03 AM EDT
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A D.C. council member says new proposed parking permits for visitors to the city could create more headaches for drivers.

Jackie Bensen

A D.C. council member says new proposed parking permits for visitors to the city could create more headaches for drivers.

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A D.C. council member says new proposed parking permits for visitors to the city could create more headaches for drivers.

Right now, a non-resident can park in zoned areas for two hours. Visitor passes require a trip to the local police station, for a vehicle-specific permit that's only valid for a certain period of time.

The District Department of Transportation has proposed a new plan -- a renewable, one-year "visitor" permit given to every household.

"The problem is that she just told me I get two even with a rental car, which means I can't park in front of my house that I'm an owner of," one D.C. resident told News4.

Council member Mary Cheh worries the permits could be traded, bartered or even sold to non-D.C. residents and up making parking problems even worse.

"I don't think we should just start a new program without looking at the other aspects of it; whether you're going to have it everywhere, are there some areas you wouldn't have it?" Cheh said.

Cheh said another problem with the passes is that the District may initally give the permits free of charge.

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