Do As We Ticket, Not As We Do

ppa hydrant

An eagle-eyed reader snapped this photo of a Philadelphia Parking Authority van parked right next to the fire hydrant on N. 16th St., between the Ben Franklin Parkway and Cherry St.

Blocking a hydrant is a $76 fine for the rest of us, and with good reason: If there's a fire, how can firefighters access the hydrant if someone is blocking it? 

Maybe the PPA-van driver has a magic ball and can see the future, and therefore knew that spot would be fire-free during the time it was occupied by the van and so figured, what the heck, why not block the hydrant?

But I don't think so.