parking enforcement

The New Orleans Inspector General’s office has issued a scathing report on the city’s parking enforcement.

It cited two officers who spent their shifts in coffee shops, using free wi-fi and their private cell phones while on duty.

The report found that after the businesses complained, the officers issued tickets to the business’ employees and customers.

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Feel like the city’s got a boot on your neck? How about on your tire?

There’s a reason why. In the past year, New Orleans parking officials have become much more aggressive in the use of devices that immobilize cars with outstanding parking tickets.

“[W]e used to boot vehicles if they had more than three violations,” said city Department of Public Works parking administrator Zepporiah Edmonds, in testimony Wednesday afternoon before the City Council’s Budget-Audit Board of Review.