After several weeks of complaints about overaggressive enforcement, confusing signs and unclear rules about when to feed the meter, the City of Wilmington is offering tips for drivers on how to avoid a ticket.
The parking tip compilation developed out of a meeting January 13th involving city officials and the creator of an online blog that collected stories about parking woes. A brochure outlining parking tips is being created for the city’s Parking Regulation Enforcement Officers to carry with them while working on Wilmington’s streets.
Some of the tips are quite basic:
“Always have coins available to purchase parking time from a parking meter.”
“Insert coins into the meter immediately after you park and exit your vehicle.”
“Upon parking, familiarize yourself with posted street signage regarding parking restrictions / limitations.”
Parking is not allowed farther than 12 inches from the curb, within 20 feet of a crosswalk or intersection, or within 15 feet of a fire hydrant. Also, no parking is allowed within three feet of a driveway.
If you encounter a broken parking meter, you may report it be calling 302-576-2489 or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. All complaints will be investigated.
Other provisions deal with residential stickers, temporary parking passes, and how to appeal a ticket.
“We have parking laws in place for reasons of public safety, ease of parking for those who patronize businesses or live in our neighborhoods and for the flow of traffic, especially emergency vehicles and sanitation vehicles,” Wilmington Mayor James Baker said. “We also need to make sure that the process is fair and efficient, and we will continue to look for ways to communicate with citizens and make improvements to the process.”