Pa. Residents Being Ticketed in Their Own Driveways

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013  |  Updated 1:59 PM EDT
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Why People Are Getting Ticketed in Their Driveways

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Some Pittsburghers are being ticketed for parking in their own driveways under an obscure ordinance that requires them to pay $225 for a permit if they wish to park within 30 feet of a street.

City council members say they've been getting complaints about the tickets which are issued by the city's Bureau of Building Inspection.

John Jennings, the bureau's acting chief, says the agency is caught in the middle.
 
The bureau doesn't issue tickets unless residents complain and, often, those complaints aren't prompted by people who park in driveways but by those who create cement or gravel pads in front of their homes.
 
But those pads are often too close to the street and used to park larger commercial vehicles which some residents consider eyesores.
 
Council hopes to provide relief for driveway parkers swept up in the process.

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