Amnesty period for overdue parking tickets begins today

Late penalty to be waived by city through tomorrow

October 09, 2003|By Tom Pelton | Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF

Baltimore officials expect thousands of people to line up today and tomorrow to pay their overdue parking tickets during a two-day amnesty on late penalties.

Drivers will be required to pay the original fine and any fees for booting, towing, storage of impounded vehicles, bad checks or court costs, according to city officials. Late penalties will be waived.

In anticipation of the crowds at the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 Holliday St., the city is closing Holliday Street from Saratoga to Lexington streets today and tomorrow, city officials said.

"We could see thousands of people out there," said Rick Abbruzzese, spokesman for Mayor Martin O'Malley.

The more than 197,000 people with 358,393 overdue city parking tickets who want to take advantage of the amnesty program can go to several other locations in addition to the Wolman building, which is just north of City Hall.

People who received bills in the mail marked "special amnesty" can pay their fines at any of the 42 Global Express Money Order locations around the city, according to the mayor's office. Drivers who recently received those bills in the mail can also mail their payments, but the envelopes must be clearly postmarked Oct. 9 or Oct. 10, preferably by a postal worker using a hand stamp. Envelopes should be mailed to: Baltimore Director of Finance, P.O. Box 13327, Baltimore MD 21203.

Payments made at the Wolman building today or tomorrow must be in cash, money order or certified or cashier's check. Personal checks and credit cards will not be accepted. Payments at the Global Express Money Order outlets must be made in cash and be accompanied by the "parking amnesty" bill received in the mail.

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