Richmond to offer payment plan for low-income residents with unpaid parking tickets, fees

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Eligible low-income Richmond residents with unpaid parking tickets will be able to get on a payment plan instead of being barred from registering their vehicle with the DMV following a unanimous vote by Richmond City Council on Tuesday.

Typically, cities inform the DMV about unpaid parking tickets and fees, and until they are paid, DMV declines to register or renew a vehicle or issue a driver’s license.

In October last year, Assembly Bill 503 was signed into law, creating a process for individuals with outstanding parking citations to repay their fines and penalties while preserving their ability to register and drive their vehicles.

In March, Richmond council asked staff to establish a new policy in line with AB503. On Tuesday, the council voted unanimously on an ordinance offering payment plan options for indigent vehicle owners.

The new policy will be added the city’s website, and a parking citation will contain details about the payment plan, the timeline to apply and who qualifies. The citations will state that no penalties and service fees will be filed with the DMV while the individuals is complying with the terms of the payment plan.

Residents eligible for the program include those meeting criteria based on the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) low-income guidelines, or those receiving one of a number of public benefits.

Parking payment plans are required to be no more than $25 per month up for up to $300. Unpaid fines and fees shall be paid off within 18 months, according to city documents.

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