Those Dastardly Valet Parking Guys

City Council, while discussing a proposal from Mayor Nutter to boost the city's parking lot tax from 15 percent to 20 percent, took some time this morning to air a longtime gripe -- on-street valet parking operations outside Center City restaurants.

Councilman Jim Kenney said those valet operations don't provide customers with receipts, as required by law. The valet operators are supposed to take cars to parking lots but just as often park them in illegal on-street spots, Kenney added.

Council President Anna Verna called that practice "infuriating."

"And nothing is ever done about it," Verna complained during a budget hearing. "That has to be corrected."

Kenney and Councilman Frank DiCicco noted that cars left by valets on city streets get tickets that their owners find out about much later.  "They pull that ticket off and destroy it," Kenney said of the valets.

Revenue Commissioner Keith Richardson pledged to get his enforcement staff working on making valet operations follow the law.