NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – The city of New Orleans makes mistakes on about 9,000 parking tickets every year, according to the Office of the Inspector General. That equates to $190,000 in erroneous parking tickets that are issued and eventually dismissed.
According to the new report, released Tuesday by Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux, the mistakes in parking tickets prevents the city from taking in $210,000 last year in parking ticket revenue.
Most of the mistakes occurred when parking enforcement officers (PEOs) entered incorrect license plate numbers or letters onto citations that they placed on violating vehicles. That meant people not involved in parking violations received citations in error and were responsible for all payments, fines, and late fees.
PEOs also entered inaccurate administrative hearing dates, including dates which occurred prior to the issuance of the citation. PEOs ticketed fleet vehicles legally performing delivery services that had stopped for only very short durations.
The city said it has already implemented new policies and procedures that the IG’s office recommended to fix the problem.
Read the full report here.