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Who Tickets the PPA? No One

Len Lear, an editor at the Chestnut Hill Local, shared this photo yesterday, along with his outrage that drivers of Philadelphia Parking Authority enforement vans play by a different set of rules when it comes to parking in the neighborhood.

Who Tickets the PPA? No One

Len Lear, an editor at the Chestnut Hill Local, shared this photo yesterday, along with his outrage that drivers of PPA´s enforement vans play by a different set of rules when it comes to parking in the neighborhood.
Len Lear, an editor at the Chestnut Hill Local, shared this photo yesterday, along with his outrage that drivers of PPA's enforement vans play by a different set of rules when it comes to parking in the neighborhood.

Len Lear, an editor at the Chestnut Hill Local, shared this photo yesterday, along with his outrage that drivers of Philadelphia Parking Authority enforement vans play by a different set of rules when it comes to parking in the neighborhood.

Tell us about, Len. 

"The PPA continues to operate by a double standard in Chestnut Hill," he writes. "Apparently PPA reps are taught to write (tickets) but not to read (no-parking signs). They bring their vans to Chestnut Hill, park illegally or park at meters without putting any money in the meters (this is not the first time we have put photographic evidence of their arrogance in the Local). Then they get out of their vans and ticket cars all up and down Germantown Avenue for doing the exact same thing they do with impunity.

"Many businesses on the Avenue will tell you that they have lost customers who have been ticketed while shopping here, never to be seen again since they can shop at malls without being ticketed.

"This PPA van was photographed Friday, Nov. 2, in mid-afternoon, parked in a 'Bus Only”'zone on the 8700 block of Germantown Avenue, directly across from the Friends of the Fountain Plaza. (The words “Bus Only,” written on the street, are covered by the PPA van.)

"Of course, there might be a totally justifiable explanation for this arrogant, lawless behavior by PPA. It is possible that the PPA van was washed up on Germantown Avenue by Hurricane Sandy, or maybe the driver was blinded by the sandstorm on the beaches of Chestnut Hill, and he could not see the 'No Parking Any Time' sign. The question is: since this PPA van in a 'Bus Only' zone is an accident waiting to happen, can we call police and ask them to tow this hazardous vehicle away?" 

Ronnie Polaneczky Daily News Columnist
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