DOR Stands Down On Street Sweeping Enforcement
But, often when the weather cooperates, Streets & Sanitation continues to try sweep streets when it can. Considering all the leaves that flutter into the streets and coagulate next to the curb, it’s a good policy.
Normally, it’s the job of the Department of Revenue’s Street Operations to ticket vehicles whose owners ignore or have forgotten that it was street sweeping day on the street they parked their car. Over the course of the street cleaning season, fines for these violations add up to millions of dollars for the city.
But according to sources within the DOR, Parking Enforcement Aides were ordered as of November 8th, to stand down on enforcing street cleaning violations for the remainder of November.
A random check of Northside streets with signs posted for street cleaning the past two days anecdotally supports this information.
The Department of Revenue wouldn’t officially confirm this change in enforcement policy, but DOR spokesperson had this response.
“Street sweeping season generally runs April 1st through October 31st and these dates are printed on permanent street sweeping signs,” says Stutz. ” At this point the season has ended however Streets and San will sweep the streets weather permitting. During street sweeping season all wards are enforced equitably. During the month of November some wards have scheduled street sweeping while others do not. Enforcement of street cleaning is during the designated season for consistency in enforc(ement).”
The city does strongly encourage drivers to heed the street cleaning signs when posted. Despite this seeming change in enforcement policy, it is in drivers best interest to not take a chance and move vehicles parked on streets scheduled for sweeping. In addition, street sweepers cannot not successfully clean a street when vehicles are in the way.