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Congress racks up thou$ands in unpaid parking tickets


Take it from one who knows: parking in DC is a nightmare. But the difference between DC residents and members of Congress is that the rest of us having to pay for tickets we acquire. Congress, on the other hand, is apparently exempt from the rules of parking and has racked up a pretty hefty bill that will go unpaid.  Roll Call reports:

Members of Congress have immunity from many routine parking tickets in the District of Columbia, but that doesn’t mean they can’t try to rack up fines.

According to a Roll Call survey of vehicles parked on Capitol Hill and at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, as of mid-March, lawmakers were carrying at least $15,000 in outstanding tickets — ranging from expired meters to speeding camera violations — and potentially thousands of dollars more.

Three-quarters of those tickets, worth about $11,500, were in default at the time of the survey, having gone more than 60 days, and in some cases years, without payment.

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