MILWAUKEE — Officials with the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works on Thursday evening, March 19 suspended all timed, metered, and night parking restrictions effective immediately to accommodate residents home due to the novel coronavirus.
DPW officials said in a statement vehicles will not be required to alternate side-park or have night parking permits.
Drivers must abide by all other parking regulations, including posted “no parking” signs.
Parking enforcement officials will focus on safety-related violations including unauthorized parking in a handicapped space, obstructing traffic/bicycle/streetcar lanes, and parking too close to an alley/driveway/fire hydrant/crosswalk, DPW officials said in the release.
Additionally, no parking in a loading zone (including carryout zones) will be actively enforced. Per Wisconsin statute, a vehicle must be attended while actively loading/unloading so that it may promptly be moved in case of an emergency or to avoid obstruction of traffic.
Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee), who is running for mayor, earlier Thursday called on city leaders to suspend non-essential towing and debt collection amid the coronavirus crisis.
Senator Taylor said, “Milwaukee should join cities looking to financially minimize harm to residents during this public health crisis.”
“In neighboring Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has announced that debt collection and citations for things like parking violations have been temporarily suspended,” said Taylor in the statement. “Obviously, we don’t want traffic and street access impeded, but we can make common-sense decisions about if and when a ticket should be issued.”
“As businesses close and residents are increasingly staying home, we know that for some, lack of money will be factor. Additionally, we have the ability to suspend towing of vehicles with three or more citations until we get a grasp on the financial fallout from COVID-19.”
“We know that many residents will be parking their cars all day due to telework situations, layoffs or business closing. Some neighborhoods have two-hour parking during the day. We can suspend enforcement of those rules. Similar to Chicago, we could delay assessment of penalty (ticket doubling) and adopt other measures that could reduce the financial hardship of city residents during this period.”
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