Some Pittsburghers cited for parking in driveways

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Some Pittsburgh residents are being ticketed for parking in their own driveways under an obscure ordinance that requires them to pay $225 for a permit if they wish to park within 30 feet of a street.

City council members say they’ve been getting complaints about the tickets.

The city’s building inspection agency issues them. But its acting chief says inspectors are caught in the middle. The agency doesn’t issue tickets unless residents complain and, often, those complaints aren’t prompted by people who park in driveways but by those who create cement or gravel pads in front of their homes.

Those pads are often too close to the street and used to park larger commercial vehicles, which some consider eyesores.

The council hopes to provide relief for driveway parkers swept up in the process.

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