BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The City of Baltimore is offering a two day amnesty for those with penalties from unpaid parking citations.
On February 1 and 2, if the original fine amount is paid, all extra monthly penalty charges and the $25 flag fee from the city will be waived.
“It’s an opportunity to not have to pay those fines. Those fines accumulate daily, can cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars,” Mayor Catherine Pugh told WJZ Thursday morning. “[It] hadn’t been done in 13 years. I thought it’d be a good pre-Valentine’s Day gift.”
Fees for bad checks, towing, booting, and storage of impounded vehicles, state flag fees, and court costs will not be waived.
Thursday, long lines stretched down the block at the Abel Wolman building for drivers to cash in on freshly-reduced parking tickets.
“The bill is originally $1500. I think I’d better come!” said one driver.
“I saved about $274 today,” said another who paid her bill.
Motorists can pay online, by phone, by mail, or in-person at the Abel Wolman Building, located at 200 N. Holliday St.
Driver Nataya Knight told WJZ, “I’m feeling amazing, and I want to say thank you to the mayor! Thank you for doing this for the city, we really appreciate it.”
As many as 350,000 people and a half-million parking tickets in the city are eligible for amnesty.