City Paper is not for tourists
While parking ticket amnesty ended a few weeks ago, the District is still collecting revenue from people who are on a payment plan. Still the Examiner notes, the actual amount D.C. is taking in from the program is short of what officials predicted:
The District has recovered $4.95 million in unpaid traffic tickets and fees as of last week, Department of Motor Vehicles Director Lucinda Babers told The Washington Examiner. The department had projected that $6.3 million in fines would be recovered when it launched the six-month program in July.
In testimony last week before a D.C. Council committee, Babers said that she still expects to collect “close to” $6 million. She said DMV is still collecting revenue every week that is related to the amnesty program because some payees are on a payment plan.
However, Babers also said typically only about one-third of those on payment plans actually finish their payments. The city also paid a finders fee to the debt collector it hired to run the amnesty program, so its costs associated with the program bring down the actual revenue to just under $4.1 million.
What’s more interesting is that this is just over one percent of the $300 million that drivers owe D.C. in tickets. Interestingly enough, diplomats are only responsible for a few hundred thousand dollars (unlike New York, where diplomats owe $17 million).
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