Changes coming to Fan parking decals

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Parking has long been a headache for people in the Fan and now there's some confusion over the parking decals many people need to avoid a ticket.

It turns out it's actually against the law to put these parking decals on the front of your car. That's why, starting next month, everyone with a Fan parking permit will have to put that sticker on the back of their car.

The streets of the Fan are lined with parked cars and finding a spot can be a challenge.

Bob Miller works at Kuba Kuba in the Fan and has given up trying to park his car after receiving nearly a dozen parking tickets.

"It's funny," Miller said. "I bought a scooter for the reason that parking is a difficult thing around here. Pull up and park on the sidewalk, that works for me."

For those of us that don't have a scooter, we're stuck with parking on the street. Many Fan residents need a sticker to avoid getting a ticket.

Each year the correct spot to put that decal changes, and this year is no different. Originally it was supposed be on the front of your car, but it turns out that's against state law - so now the stickers will be moved to the bottom of the back windshield on the driver's side.

John Anderegg has lived in a Fan for years. He said you can often tell how long people have lived in the neighborhood by looking at the number of parking decals on their car.

"I had even seen cars with two or even three stickers," he said. "You're not supposed to do that. I guess it confuses the parking people."

The current decals all expire at the end of the month. Anderegg is ahead of the game and already bought his for next year. Now he said he has to get rid of all the old ones.

"The most difficult part is to get the old stickers off," Anderegg said. "I mean they're really on there!"

Several people actually failed their state car inspection because they had these decals on the front of their car and that's why the city is changing where to place it again.

Those parking decals cost $25 and can be bought in the finance department inside City Hall.

The parking stickers for people in the Carver District will also be switching to the back windshield in January.

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