January 28, 2014 | Vol. 74 No. 28

Peduto pulls parking passes

Mayor William Peduto issued an executive order last week to announce new rules governing the distribution of unrestricted parking passes held by current and former City of Pittsburgh employees, Allegheny County employees, authority employees and others.

“The number of employees who receive these unrestricted parking passes has exploded in the last several years and it’s past time to reign it in,” said Mayor Peduto. “There are city employees who do need them, but the vast majority of those who have them now got them as favors or gifts. That is a waste of public dollars.”

The parking passes allow the holder to park at any city meter or metered lot for free at any time. The executive order requires the Chief Operating Officer of the city to develop a policy that would ensure the fair distribution of these parking passes to personnel whose job requires substantial travel and to 24-hour public works and public safety employees. It also requires the timely collection of these passes from individuals who will no longer need access to them.

The lost revenue to the Public Parking Authority of Pittsburgh from the prior misuse of free parking passes is estimated to cost the city more than $1 million annually.

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