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Got Old Parking Tickets in Philly? Long Lines Mark Last Day for Amnesty

Anyone with unpaid parking tickets from before 2013, were able to sign up to have their debt forgiven.

Those with long overdue Philadelphia parking tickets had the chance to get relief Monday, though they had to be patient.

Anyone with unpaid parking tickets from before 2013, were able to sign up to have their debt forgiven. The amnesty program also offered vehicle owners a 70-percent discount for towing and storage fees from 2014 or earlier.

Have old parking tickets in Philadelphia? You better act Monday if you want amnesty.

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Enrollment for the program ended Monday. The Parking Amnesty website was no longer taking online applications as of Monday but procrastinators had until 6 p.m. Monday to apply in person at 917 Filbert Street. People were lined up around the block.

The long line on deadline day prompted Councilwoman Cindy Bass, D-8th District, to call on the PPA to extend the deadline.

"The line to enroll in the parking amnesty program... has consistently stretched several blocks long since the program started in March," Bass said. "This is a testament to the high demand for the program, the relative success of getting folks signed up for parking amnesty, and to the program’s ability to raise revenue for Philadelphia."

The PPA told NBC10 it wouldn't extend the deadline but the agency would try to serve everyone in line that they could.

The parking amnesty bill was introduced by Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, D-3rd District.
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