DC parking ticket, towing revenue on the decline

Parking ticket and towing revenue collected through the Department of Public Works is on the decline in D.C., continuing a trend of fewer tickets going back about a decade.

While the District collected about $75 million in parking tickets and towing fees in the 2016 and 2017 budget years, that dropped to $69.4 million in the 2018 budget year ending Sept. 30.

In the first four months of the current budget year, from Oct. 1, 2018 to Jan. 30, 2019, the city has collected $21 million in parking tickets and fees, which would set a pace for another decline this fiscal year.

Parking tickets make up by far the largest part of that revenue, according to responses to oversight questions from the D.C. Council.