Council bill would eliminate lateness penalty for traffic, parking tickets

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Citing the disproportionate effect of parking and traffic penalties on low-income residents, Ward 8 D.C. Council member Trayon White recently proposed a bill to eliminate extra charges for District residents who pay their fines late.

White argues that unpaid tickets already affect residents’ credit scores, may be deducted from their tax refunds and prevent them from renewing their driver’s licenses. “The current penalties in place only serve to further burden those who lack economic means,” White says in a release.

The Traffic and Parking Penalty Amendment Act of 2017 was co-introduced by Ward 2’s Jack Evans, Ward 3’s Mary Cheh, Ward 5’s Kenyan McDuffie, and at-large members Anita Bonds and Robert White. At-large member David Grosso and Ward 6’s Charles Allen are co-sponsors.