Higher fees on the way for residential parking in Philly

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 A member of the Philadelphia Parking Authority writes a ticket for an expired meter in the Center City neighborhood of Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP Photo)

A member of the Philadelphia Parking Authority writes a ticket for an expired meter in the Center City neighborhood of Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP Photo)

Residential parking permits could be getting more expensive in Philadelphia … especially for residents who own more than one car. 

Cars with residential parking permits are allowed to stay in one spot for hours or even days on end, even if the area has, say, two-hour parking.

For the first car, the permit will rise from $20 per year to $35.

Rick Dickson, deputy executive director of the Parking Authority, said it will be more expensive for additional permits.

“If there a multiple vehicles in a household, the fee escalates to $50 for the second vehicle, $75 for the third vehicle and $100 for four or more vehicles,” he said.

The cost increase should encourage people to consider whether they really need more than one car, Dickson said.

“This is not to tell people you should not have a car, we just think if you have multiple cars and are taking up more curb space, there should be some cost associated with it than just having one vehicle in a household,” he said.

The bill, which as been approved by a City Council committee, needs a vote by the full Council.

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