The parking rules are going to change on January 11, 2016. Right now you don’t need to put money into the meters you see around town after 6pm. This is going to change and it will now be 7pm.
If you are parked in the French Quarter better pay attention to the meters because the tow trucks are driving around and it is a good bet you will be ticketed and towed promptly on the expiration of your meter. The towing fee is $190.00 and then there is the ticket you will also get.
There is also a rule that you can’t not park within three feet of a driveway. In some areas of New Orleans there are very narrow streets and homeowners need that clearance to get out of their driveways….when you park closer than 3 ft you may be trapping people in….
The City uses a company by the name of Parkmobile that has an app. The app is easy to use and you just need to punch the meter number in after you sign up and enter your credit card information, chose the length of time you want and submit. Sometimes it is easier to use the app then to stand on the street inserting your money or credit card. The app is especially useful if it is raining…the app is free. It has a map of where you parked, in case you forget.
Parking Meter Rate Adjustment
Beginning January 11, 2016, on-street parking meter rates will be adjusted. In the French Quarter, Marigny, Central Business District and Warehouse District, on-street parking meter rates will be adjusted to $3.00 an hour. Parking meter rates will be adjusted to $2.00 an hour everywhere else in the city of New Orleans.
Hours of Enforcement Extended to 7 p.m.
Beginning January 11, 2016, hours of enforcement for on-street metered parking spaces will be extended from the current 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. operating hours to 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. operating hours. Parking enforcement will continue to be Monday through Saturday. This compromise agreement is reduced from the original plan of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. enforcement.
Parking Ticket Violation Prices to Increase
As part of the compromise to reduce the expansion of enforcement hours, the City Council has committed to increase parking ticket prices from $20 to $30. Such a change will go before the City Council in January.
This is a list of some of the fines, it is not a complete list: