NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The New Orleans Inspector General says the Department of Public Works department issued erroneous parking tickets to thousands of people.
In a public letter released earlier this morning, Ed Quatrevaux's office claims the department made mistakes in nearly 9,000 parking citations issued last year.
The OIG's office says in many of the errors, enforcement officers entered incorrect license plate numbers on citations. That means people not involved in parking violations received tickets in the mail.
- OIG investigators say the mistakes cost the city $190,000 to issue and dismiss the citations.
- OIG investigators confirmed that the errors cost the City $190,000 in 2015 to issue and dismiss the erroneous parking citations and prevented the City from earning $210,000 last year in parking citation revenue.
- The OIG estimated 7,000 individuals received erroneous parking citations each year. Most of the mistakes occurred when parking enforcement officers (PEOs) entered incorrect license plate numbers or letters onto citations that they placed on violating vehicles. That meant people not involved in parking violations received citations in error and were responsible for all payments, fines, and late fees.
- PEOs also entered inaccurate administrative hearing dates, including dates which occurred prior to the issuance of the citation.
- PEOs ticketed fleet vehicles legally performing delivery services that had stopped for only very short durations.
The Department of Public Works responded to the report with a prepared statement, saying they are cooperating with the inspector general's office.
"Upon being made aware of these specific issues, DPW fully cooperated with the Inspector General to identify solutions," the statement read. "After a thorough review, we have taken the necessary recommended steps to better ensure parking citations are properly issued which will result in fewer tickets issued in error and save the City money."