WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

DMV Ticket Database Says DPW Vehicles Owe Nearly 30K In Fines

Play associated audio
According to the DMV's ticket database, this DPW Parking Control vehicle owes $3,750.
Patrick Madden
According to the DMV's ticket database, this DPW Parking Control vehicle owes $3,750.

The fines were tallied by running DPW's vehicle license plates through the DMV's online ticket database.

Nearly 90 DPW vehicles owe money, according to the site, and about one-third of the total -- nearly $10,000 -- belong to vehicles in the Parking Control Division. (The division that's actually out on the streets writing tickets.)

DPW spokeswoman Nancee Lyons says there is no way the department could owe that much money, and she estimates the total parking fines for the DPW's vast fleet of vehicles to be closer to $6,000.

Lyons also says many vehicles procured by DPW are actually used by other departments.

According to the DMV Web site, many of the tickets are from traffic cameras. Some are parking tickets that date back several years.

It's unclear how accurate or up to date the DMV's database is.

A Parking Control vehicle was spotted in Adams Morgan that, according these online records, owes more than $3,700 because of towing and storage fees.

But it was clearly out and about -- the driver was writing tickets. When asked about the fines, the driver had no comment.

Outstanding D.C. DPW Parking Tickets
NPR

Examining The War On Mexican Drug Cartels, Through Film And Fiction

Two new works of art — the documentary film Cartel Land and the novel The Cartel — shine a light on the seemingly endless drug war in Mexico. John Powers says both works are bleak, but gripping.
NPR

Why Sit-Down Meals May Be Just As Unhealthful As Fast Food

Fast-food restaurants are often demonized as the epitome of unhealthfulness. But a study suggests sit-down joints may be no better when it comes to sodium, saturated fat and the risk of overeating.
WAMU 88.5

D.C. Ranks High On 'Health' Of Democracy, Though Campaign Finance Laws Lag

According to a new report, D.C. fares well in providing access to the ballot — but falls behind due to the weakness of its campaign finance laws.
WAMU 88.5

UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski

The president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, chats about the future of higher education — and what he's doing to steer African-American students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.