The 2013 Emerging Trends in Parking report cited traffic congestion as being the societal change having the most significant influence on parking. In light of many cities across the country still feeling the financial effects of the economic downturn, it should not surprise anyone that there is also a trend toward demand for greater parking revenue.
A combined solution of decreased traffic congestion, managing parking issues and increasing money flows smoothly with the trend in regulating operators of valet parking. A new parking valet ordinance in Los Angeles is in line with these trends and sparking discussion. Valet parking operators will pay $314 for a permit and attendants will pay $70.
The Board of Police Commissioners will be in charge of the permit program. Some examples of problems that may have prompted the permit program range from accusations against valets for damaging vehicles, stealing valuables, parking across driveways and more.
While not as widely discussed, Baltimore, Maryland has a new valet parking law that requires valet operators to obtain a license and permit as well. Effective November 1, 2013, failure to comply could result in valets not being able to use on-street parking and a $1,000.00 fine. The Baltimore website states, “Valet parking can be a great parking management tool. The Parking Authority of Baltimore City supports valet parking as a way to help customers visit restaurants, attractions or service providers in vibrant neighborhoods without inconveniencing customers, other business owners or residents of the area.”
Other American cities including St. Louis, Missouri, Miami, Florida, Chicago, Illinois, and Scottsdale, Arizona have similar requirements. If you don’t already have regulation of valet parking in a city near you, it may be just around the corner.