Where are you most likely to get a Richmond parking ticket?

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)–The City of Richmond gives out thousands of parking tickets every year.

Over the past three years, Richmond has collected more than $13 million from parking tickets.

“It’s just mind-blowing,” said downtown business owner George Copeland, whose car is full of parking tickets.

Copeland just opened a new business in downtown Richmond. Since then, he’s racked up more than $400 in parking tickets.

There are parking meters and parking signs all over the city, but you are more likely to get a ticket in certain areas.

You might be surprised. Then again, maybe you’ve collected your fair share of green citations.

In fact, half of the 10 blocks in Richmond where you are most likely to get a ticket are located downtown.

Several blocks away is another hotspot for parking tickets: Virginia Commonwealth University.

“A lot of times you’ll have a ticket waiting for you,” VCU student Brittany Justice said.

Drivers received more tickets on the 900 block of West Franklin Street than any other Richmond block over the past three years.

“This is probably the one street that if you’re five to ten minutes late to your car…you’ll get a ticket,” Justice said.

Those tickets were among thousands that generated more than $13 million for city coffers between 2011 and 2013.

“It just adds up…it’s unbelievable,” Copeland said.

Richmond resident Taryn Adkins agreed that the tickets can be frustrating, but calls them necessary.

“If  there were no restrictions why wouldn’t the person just leave their car all day…there has to be time limits for people,” Adkins said.

But, Copeland said those limits are too restrictive.

CBS6 asked the city why more tickets are handed out on certain blocks.

A spokeswoman told us it’s simply because those blocks are more busy, and there is more traffic there.

Here is a list of the blocks where the most parking tickets were issued between 2011 and 2013:

900 West Franklin Street   5874 tickets

500 North 10th Street   5247 tickets

800 West Franklin Street   4980 tickets

900 West Main Street  4734 tickets

500 North 11th Street    4531 tickets

1300 West Broad Street   3510 tickets

800 East Clay Street    3407 tickets

900 West Grace Street  3380 tickets

800 East Marshall Street   3109 tickets

500 North 12th Street    3108 tickets

9 comments

  • steven Winner

    the 500 block of north 10th street, I am glad they are giving tickets…this entire block is a no parking zone because the street is very narrow between Main and Cary st. Invariably, there are always delivery trucks parked on this street blocking it up. I am glad some enforcement is being done…I can’t imagine how bad this street would be clogged with stopped trucks if it wasn’t!

  • Byron

    Ticketing illegal parkers on the 900 block of W. Franklin makes sense. Those cars block the right turn lane onto Belvediere during the morning commute, and they can really bog things down as cars intending to turn have to merge back into through-traffic. I am glad to see those cars have tickets when I pass them. Keep it up!

  • Jean

    it would be nice if the meters had something on them to let drivers know when the meters are in effect….are they in effect after 6pm?? how about weekends? I asked a Richmond police officer at an event downtown and he replied he did not know, because the meters were not enforced by the police department.

  • AJ

    I got a parking ticking for backing into a space in a parking lot near the coliseum… Backing Into A Space!!! I had never heard of such a thing!

  • SirRantsAlot

    Yep, no better deterrent to visiting anywhere in Richmond than limited parking with strict enforcement of often ridiculous parking restrictions. I spend my night-out money elsewhere.

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