The city’s Department of Transportation will cancel tickets issued on or after Oct. 12 to motorists cited for parking in driveway aprons, that sloping part of the driveway between the sidewalk and street.
Many council members have been contacted by angry constituents in Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Westwood and other neighborhoods after the city earlier this year began enforcing a law that prohibits parking in the driveway apron or blocking the sidewalk and street in front of driveways.
The agency announced the move on Wednesday in a letter to City Council members. The letter from LADOT General Manager Jaime de la Vega was sent a week after the City Council voted to temporarily suspend portions of the law applying to apron parking to allow the City Attorney to investigate the matter. De la Vega said any tickets issued on or after Oct. 12 – the day the City Council approved the suspension – will be “administratively canceled.” In addition, he said that parking enforcement officers have been instructed about the change.
The canceled tickets and change in policy, however, does not apply to motorists cited for obstructing the sidewalk or parking on the street in front of a driveway.
Officers began issuing tickets for apron parking violations as the city looks for a way to deal with lawsuits claiming that apron parking violates provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act.