All you need to know about Parking Tickets in the US
Feb 17, 2020
February 18, 2020
Parking tickets are an important part of city revenue � so big that the 16 major U.S. cities we studied collectively pull in over $1.4 billion in annual parking ticket revenue.
U.S. drivers spend an annual average of $20 billion in over parking ticket payment costs. On average, U.S. drivers spend 17 hours per year searching for a parking spot at a cost of $345 per driver in wasted time, fuel and emissions. Of course, when you focus on the top 10 cities, those numbers skyrocket. New Yorkers spend roughly 107 hours searching for a parking spot and average 85 hours of wasted driving time at an individual cost of $1,785 each year.
Street sweeping is the most commonly issued ticket, representing 41% of all parking citations from coast to coast.
For example, the City of San Francisco issued almost 540,000 street cleaning tickets for a value of $36,718,640.
The other most common offenses are expired meter (24%), red zone (%), permit only parking (%), receipt not displayed (8%), and no parking zone (6%).
There�s no doubt that parking rules are complex. It�s almost natural that we get them wrong. In fact, confusing parking signs and rules bring in millions of dollars in city revenue each year.
Take San Francisco for example � some drivers have reported seeing red no-parking curbs with a parking meter. What about those signs that read �No parking 2 am � 6 am, except Sundays and holidays,� or the 1-hour pay-to-park sign followed by another that reads �3 1/2 hour parking after 6 pm�? The list goes on and it only gets more confusing.
Parking Fees across some major cities in the US:
You can learn more about the total costs of tickets for major cities across the USA here.
San Francisco has a $1,000 fine for obstructing traffic without a permit, a $110 fine for blocking a charging bay and an $83 fine for parking in a truck-loading zone.
New York has a $115 fine for stopping, standing or parking where signs, street markings or traffic control devices do not permit you to do so. It has a $65 fine for standing or parking at an angle to the curb and a $165 fine for parking in front of a pedestrian ramp.
In Chicago, you can get a $150 fine for blocking a fire lane, a $150 fine for parking or standing in a bicycle lane and a $200 fine for parking in a disabled parking zone. The city of Boston boasts an $83 per capita ticket revenue.
Whether it�s forgetfulness or inability to pay the fines, late fees on parking tickets are especially common among 25�34-year-olds. Millennials are most likely to leave a parking ticket unpaid for an extended period of time with 40% neglecting to pay their parking tickets until 60 days have passed, and another 30% saying they wait at least 30 days to pay � accruing one or more late fees.
New York and Colorado residents are also notorious for accruing late fees, with 22% of drivers waiting at least 30 days to pay their tickets. Meanwhile, Massachusetts drivers had the longest outstanding parking tickets of all the states surveyed � 14% of the drivers said they�ve left at least one parking ticket unpaid for 10+ years.