Arlington’s City Council is proposing a new ordinance that will ban vehicles from being parked for more than 24 hours. This includes Arlington residents, not just outside visitors coming for a concert, sports event, or friends and family visiting from out of town.
The move is predominantly due to residents stating they do not have easy access to their homes due to visitors to the entertainment district located within Arlington. The entertainment district, is a sprawling land area in the heart of the city. It encompasses Globe Life Park, AT&T Stadium, Six Flags Over Texas, Hurricane Harbor in addition to local restaurants, bars and golf courses.
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All vehicles would be targeted, although there are already laws on the books for larger motor homes and commercial motor vehicles. Currently, these vehicles are given citations as would be the case for the new ordinance. If the vehicle is not moved within the 24-hour time frame, the vehicle will be towed at the owner’s expense.
The City Council wants to clear clutter away from homes within the district, but may have not taken into effect the ramifications of such a law with such a short time constraint. The elderly population may be unable to move their car within the time frame or be hospitalized, only to find their only mode of transportation in the impound lot.
Arlington Police are committed to “make reasonable attempts to locate the owner of an illegally parked vehicle” before they commence a tow, but the reality of how effective and efficient this would be remains to be seen.