The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is enforcing parking laws again.  Here's why.

In March of 2020, KDPS suspended parking enforcement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home order.  Now that we see light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, many restrictions have been lifted.  However, parking restrictions are back to pre-Covid-19 levels citywide for Kalamazoo.

The main concern for the city was snow removal when they made the announcement of resuming parking enforcement on January 27th, 2021 according to a recent KDPS press release,

Effective immediately, KDPS officers will resume enforcing City Ordinance 36-170, which prohibits vehicles from being parked on any city street between the hours of 2 and 6 a.m

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This local ordinance is important because illegally parked vehicles can prevent the city from effectively removing show in the overnight hours.  You can do a deep dive on Kalamazoo parking ordinances by clicking here.

If you're currently thinking, "Wait a minute.  I could have parked for free pretty much anywhere between March, 2020 and the end of Jan 2021 in Kalamazoo without a ticket?"  You're not alone.  Because that's exactly what I thought when I read the news.

That leads me to the obvious question.  When are they going to enforce the law that requires license plates?  I must see 4 cars a day driving around with no plates.

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