LOS ANGELES (AP) — A city audit says Los Angeles’ Department of Transportation has failed to collect millions in unpaid parking tickets by not aggressively pursuing ticket “scofflaws.”

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz Reports

City Controller Wendy Greuel released an audit Tuesday that found parking officers issued citations instead of calling for a boot or having repeat offenders’ cars impounded.

The audit says the department also failed to use license plate recognition equipment to catch regular parking violators with five or more unpaid tickets.

Department of Transportation Interim General Manager Amir Sedadi says the scofflaw unit was temporarily disbanded to fill about 50 civilian traffic officer vacancies.

He says his department will catch any outstanding scofflaws.

Greuel’s report says owners of vehicles with more than five open citations owed a combined $86 million to the city.

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Comments (6)
  1. Stupid says:

    This is the other side of the coin that plagues our city. On the one hand, we know how city workers are given cushy pay & benefits…that’s an expense. On the other hand, these same people don’t even care about collecting revenue and obviously don’t see it as important.

    This is the problem with L.A.

    1. Stupid says:

      I meant as being important.

  2. daniel says:

    The mayor imposes a trash pick up tax, these fees are already paid through property taxes, Poetic Justice?

    1. uFools says:

      You’re right now, bend oever ***hole

  3. Martin Manzo says:

    dont you have to pay those tickets when you renew your vehicle registration anyway Idiots keep wasting time and money….

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