Yesterday night, the student-run advocacy group DC Students Speak reintroduced an online petition against the D.C. Council’s proposed law to discourage students from parking around the District. The D.C. Council will vote today on this “Residential Parking Protection Act of 2011,” which, according to DCSS, “will, if passed, impose unnecessary and costly burdens on student drivers” and “remove common-sense rules with regard to college drivers in the District.” As of this morning at 10:30 a.m., the petition had 750 signatures.
The D.C. Council’s Residential Parking Protection Act on today’s voting agenda is part of a larger effort to reduce the number of residents with parking passes. Full-time students may be the first residents targeted for the denial of these privileges. The bill, according to the WJLA, “could mean those $35 a year residential parking permits will become more expensive, street parking rates may vary by demand and guest parking passes could come with a fee.”
DCSS encourages students to sign the petition to Mayor Vince Gray and Attorney General Irvin Nathan before today’s vote. According to the group, the law will force students to register their motor vehicles in D.C. and purchase D.C. car insurance. “Students will also be required to pay fees in order to register their car and obtain a D.C. driver’s license, potentially in excess of $150,” the petition reads. The group has introduced a Twitter hashtag, “right2park,” to spread awareness on the issue.
Photo: DC Students Speak website