Could you get a grace period when paying a Philadelphia parking ticket?

A Philadelphia City Councilman wants to grant drivers a short grace period before a parking ticket gets compounded with an extra fine. 

Councilman Bill Greenlee says his bill would require mailing a written notice for an unpaid parking ticket before adding an extra fine.  He says drivers may have never found the violation notice.

“The ticket could have blown off the windshield, the ticket could have been taken off the windshield by another driver, it happens a lot so they can park illegally and then we have read some problems at the parking authority where they have “hardbacked” tickets, which is they write a violation but do not put a ticket on the car,” said Greenlee.

Parking authority head Vince Fennerty is behind the concept but has not seen the bill.

“I do think the councilman’s bill if it’s explained to me correctly is visionary thinking and I’m disappointed that someone here didn’t think of it,” said Fennerty.

The bill could give up to 15 days for a person to pay a ticket without penalty.

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