Parking In The Driveway? Pay Up!

June 16, 2009

We've heard about some absurd parking rules, but this one takes the cake: In Jeep's home of Toledo, Ohio, residents are getting parking tickets for parking in their own driveways. It appears that there's an obscure law on the books that prohibits owners from parking in their driveway…if it's unpaved.

Mayor Carty Finkbeiner has reportedly approved that employees from the city's streets department could issue citations for the crime, which bring a fine of $25 each. What's more, the city employees had to enter private property to issue the citations, and those ticketed would have to pay $50 prior to appeal them, a commissioner explained to the Toledo Blade.

"Every law in the city should be enforced, and I will defer to the judgment of the directors over the media, that's for dang god sure," Finkbeiner told the local Fox affiliate.

At least Toledo has something to feel positive about: the local Jeep plant is reportedly back open for the first time in weeks and production might restart as soon as later this month.

The local police association is fighting the mayor's ticket effort, and there is a movement to recall Finkbeiner. The city recently laid off 150 police officers and downsized its street presence as part of a budget crisis. The mayor insists that the ticketing effort has nothing to do with the financial issues.

Are we missing an even better case of parking-ticket zaniness? Let us know.

[Consumerist, Toledo Blade]

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