The City of Savannah is offering citizens a fresh start for the New Year. On Wednesday, Jan. 13, the City launched a monthlong parking penalty amnesty program that excuses any accumulated late fees if the vehicle owner pays the original citation fine. The program runs through Friday, Feb. 12.
Periodically, the City offers the amnesty program as a chance to clear old citations off our books and offer citizens a golden opportunity to wipe clean their parking debts. On Tuesday, Parking Services will send 18,000 letters to vehicle owners with unpaid citations in our database.
Violators will have the option of mailing in their fines, paying by phone at 912-651-6470, or paying in person at Parking Services headquarters, 100 E. Bryan St. Because the City’s online payment tool located at savannahga.gov cannot separate fines from late fees at this time, violators will not be able to take advantage of the amnesty program through the Web site.
Parking citation fees range from $12 to $15 per ticket. A driver is assessed a $12 late fee if the citation is not paid within seven days. Another $17 is added if the ticket is not paid within 30 days. If a car accumulates more than four unpaid citations older than 30 days, it is eligible to be booted.
The last time parking amnesty was offered about a decade ago, the program proved very popular, bringing in nearly half a million dollars in unpaid citations.
This program comes on the heels of the City’s Parking Holiday, which offered free onstreet parking every Thursday through Sunday from Thanksgiving through Christmas.
Over the past few years, the City has greatly increased our parking options downtown, including a number of incentive and payment programs as well as the addition of 1,100 off-street spaces in the Whitaker Street Garage.