HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Parking enforcement officers in Norfolk issued more than 10,000 tickets last year on just four city blocks downtown.
In all, officers wrote 41,850 tickets throughout Norfolk in 2016, bringing in about $2.1 million in revenue.
In Virginia Beach, officers issued 14,782 tickets and collected $551,504 in the same time frame.
“It may appear we are targeting, but we are not targeting,” said Bart Neu, who’s been parking director in Norfolk for four years. “It’s really just based on the number of cars in a given area.”
Neu says officers do focus on violators in the central business district.
NORFOLK PARKING HOT SPOTS (2016):
- Granby Street – 4,747 tickets
- Main Street – 2,168 tickets
- Plume Street – 2,038 tickets
- Education Lot – 1,429 tickets
- 49th Street – 1,296 tickets
- W. 42nd Street – 1,173 tickets
- Bute Street – 983 tickets
- 41st Street – 770 tickets
- Melrose Parkway – 736 tickets
- Killam Avenue – 701 tickets
- 43rd Street – 643 tickets
- Freemason Street – 626 tickets
- Corprew Avenue – 624 tickets
- Westover Avenue – 609 tickets
- 45th Street – 593 tickets
- Monarch Way – 587 tickets
- College Place – 554 tickets
- 48th Street – 477 tickets
- Olney Road – 422 tickets
- Tazewell Street – 411 tickets
- Monticello Avenue – 404 tickets
- Redgate Avenue – 388 tickets
- Bank Street – 351 tickets
- Graydon Avenue – 349 tickets
- Brooke Avenue – 332 tickets
The parking lot outside the Norfolk Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court and Norfolk Public Schools building is the fourth most ticketed area in the Mermaid City.
More than 3,100 drivers have been ticketed in the lot since 2015, according to parking data.
“It’s chaotic. There’s also not very many spaces,” said Maryvona Cuffee. “It almost just seems like it’s a form of collecting money.”
Parking officials monitor 169 metered spaced near Old Dominion University. In 2016, the city issued 1,296 tickets on 49th Street.
The city also issued 6,748 tickets for street sweeping.
VIRGINIA BEACH PARKING HOT SPOTS (2016):
- Laskin Road – 2,701 tickets
- Atlantic Avenue – 1,867 tickets
- 23rd Street – 1,710 tickets
- 25th Street – 1,227 tickets
- 16th Street – 1,104 tickets
- 18th Street – 980 tickets
- 15th Street – 890 tickets
- Commerce Street – 889 tickets
- Town Center Drive – 772 tickets
- 24th Street – 768 tickets
- 6th Street – 742 tickets
- Main Street – 729 tickets
- 10th Street – 681 tickets
- 20th Street – 666 tickets
- 35th Street – 665 tickets
- Bank Street – 570 tickets
- Loop – 535 tickets
- 14th Street – 522 tickets
- 11th Street – 513 tickets
- 28th Street – 515 tickets
- 24th ½ Street – 502 tickets
- Pacific Avenue – 488 tickets
- 29th Street – 487 tickets
- 26th Street – 482 tickets
- 40th Street – 473 tickets
The Resort City stepped up parking enforcement in 2016 in Town Center with the addition of more officers and license plate readers, according to parking manager Rob Fries.
On Commerce Street, violations went up from 130 tickets in 2015 to 889 tickets in 2016 – a 683 percent increase. On five of the main roads in the development, the number of tickets issued went up an average of 475 percent.
The license plate readers, which are are attached to the parking vehicles, replace the traditional chalking system by digitally alerting officers to the cars that have been parked longer than the two-hour limit.
“Curb parking is really important to the local businesses here, so we try to enforce the two-hour time restriction to turn the spaces over so they have more customers in those spaces,” said Fries.
Still, the Oceanfront tops the list of hot spots, including meters on the 200 and 300 blocks of Laskin Road near Atlantic Avenue.
Fries says the number of tickets seems high, but less than two percent of parked cars get ticketed.
“We don’t have any quotas,” he said. “We’re not saying you have to give us ‘X’ amount of tickets per day. We don’t do that. We stress quality over quantity.”
Both cities utilize the Passport parking app, which allows drivers in both cities to add time to their meters remotely from their cell phone.
Officials say complaints are inevitable, but without enforcement, there would be chaos.
“We are not perfect. We do not always get it right, but we strive to always be the best we can,” said Fries.