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Roll Call: How PEOs Start Their Day

photo 5 (1)Most work cultures include daily routines and rituals that help get the day started. Restaurants have pre-shift meetings and sports teams have pre-game pep talks.   Parking Enforcement Officers (PEOs) at the PPA are no different. They start their days with a roll call.

The benefits of a pre-shift/pre-start/roll call or “whatever you want to call it” meeting are pretty universal across different industries. It helps professionals get their heads in the game, so to speak, be aware of the latest updates, learn about potential dangers or issues, and socialize so they feel connected to their co-workers.

You may be thinking, “Why in the world would PEOs have roll call? All they have to do is issue parking tickets.” Well, you’re partially right, they do issue parking tickets, but it’s not as simple as that.   Roll calls are essential in keeping PEOs aware of all the latest rules and regulations that often times can change from day to day in certain areas.  Our PEOs need to be aware of all changes before they walk their beats.  If there is a special event scheduled in the city that includes relaxed enforcement, or construction work that affects parking, PEOs need to know so they can patrol their beats accordingly.

Before roll call officially begins, PEOs congregate in the roll call room. It’s a good time for a little chit-chat among co-workers, time to talk about weekend plans, or how devastating the latest Game of Thrones episode was.  But as time winds down to the start of roll call, the chatter transforms into complete silence.

Now it’s time to get down to business. As the room remains silent, supervisors take attendance to ensure everyone is reporting to their shifts. Supervisors then reiterate enforcement procedures while reviewing past strengths and weaknesses. It’s also a good time for supervisors to give PEOs updates on enforcement, such as the recently-launched scooter pilot program.

On the day I went to the roll call room, Vince Lomento, Head Supervisor at the PPA, stressed the importance of properly writing tickets and radio usage. “Make sure you guys are using the exact address while issuing tickets. Also, make sure you always have your radios turned on, even when you’re on break,” said Lomento.

“Also, if you’re walking your beat in South Philly today, be extra nice to everyone because I live there and you’ll probably bump into one of my neighbors,” he joked. After Lomento finished his run-down, PEOs were encouraged to ask questions about the day’s tasks.

With no questions, roll call ended with everyone on the same page and all loose ends tied up. PEOs then headed toward the exit and dispersed in different directions to embark on the eight hour beats they were assigned. Like all professionals, they’re ready to do their job and do it well, especially now that they know what they will face in the day ahead.

 

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Red Light Camera Payments No Longer available through Violationinfo.com

Payment for Red-Light Camera violations through Violationinfo.com will no longer be available as of Thursday, August 14th, 2014.

All payments should be directed to:

Philadelphia Parking Authority
Red Light Camera Program
701 Market Street
Suite 5400
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Attn: Andrew Dankanich

Only checks or money orders made payable to the Philadelphia Parking Authority will be accepted until further notice.  Please be sure to include the Notice Number on your check or money order.  

If your red light notice has any other website listed besides violationinfo.com you may pay by web on those sites.

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Taxicab Safety Cameras

Notice to All Interested Parties:

Philadelphia Parking Authority Regulation #126-8 (IRRC #3048) Taxicab Safety Cameras, was unanimously approved by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission on July 24, 2014. While this regulation awaits final approval from the remaining regulatory bodies involved, the Authority encourages taxicab owners to become familiar with the terms of the new regulation and to confer with approved safety camera system providers to discuss purchase and installation.

Taxicab safety camera vendors currently approved by the PPA-TLD for service to PPA certified taxicab owners are as follows:

24/7 Security, Inc.
4400 North Point Pkwy, Suite #158
Alpharetta, GA 30022
USA

6185 Danville Road
Mississauga, Ontario L5T 2H7
Canada

Contact: Nelson Barros
Tel: +1 (866) 693-7492 (Toll Free)
Fax: +1 (404) 538-8828
http://247securityinc.com

VerifEye Technologies, Inc.
151 Whitehall Drive, Unit 2
Markham, ON L3R 9T1
Canada

Contact: Dan Fedor
Re: VerifEye TaxiCam Kit-5006-4264-G6SN-PA
Tel: +1 (312) 476-9196
Mobile: +1 (312) 330-4291
dfedor@verifeye.com
www.verifeye.com

These vendors have demonstrated full compliance with the PPA-TLD’s Service Provider Requirements (SPR) v3.62 for taxicab technology vendors. Additional taxicab safety camera vendors who wish to apply for approved vendor status for Philadelphia taxicabs may contact Lance Lepchuk at llepchuk@philapark.org or 215-683-9656 for further information. A list of PPA approved up-to-date taxicab safety taxicab safety camera vendors will be maintained under “Forms and Lists” on the Authority’s Taxicab and Limousine Division webpage www.philapark.org/tld.

Attached for your reference is the approved final form of the Taxicab Safety Camera Regulations: Download

James R. Ney, Director
Taxicab & Limousine Division
Philadelphia Parking Authority
2415 S. Swanson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
T 215-683-9417
F 215-683-9437
E-Mail JNey@Philapark.org

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#TBT: Another Visit to the Park and Lock Garage

MediaStreamThe Philadelphia Parking Authority is taking another trip down memory lane! For this week’s #TBT, we scrounged up another picture from the grand opening of our Park and Lock Garage, courtesy of the Philadelphia Department of Public Records.

In 1961, the PPA opened the Edison Park and Lock Garage. It was a thrilling event attended by many notable Philadelphians such as Councilman Paul D’Ortona, Parking Director, Mr. Thomas Coyle, and Miss Philadelphia, Loretta Ann Risse. It’s been 53 years and you can tell how times have changed. Take a glance at the parking rates and compare them to our current parking rates! Seventy-five cents for two hour parking sounds cheap, doesn’t it?  But, keep in mind, that could have bought two gallons of gas or two dozen eggs in 1961!  

So maybe parking rates have changed since 1961, but we still strive to provide affordable and convenient parking throughout the city. Our dedication will continue as we explore new and innovative ways of improving traffic flow throughout Philadelphia.

If you have any questions regarding our parking facilities, reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook. We’d be glad to help!

For more information on our parking facilities, click here.

 

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Mr. Positive: PEO Scott Rutizer

PEO Profile- Scott 4It’s been four years since Scott Rutizer has come down with a case of the Mondays. It’s also been four years since he joined the PPA as a Parking Enforcement Officer (PEO). Coincidence? We think not.

Rutizer spends his workday out on Philly’s streets contributing a lot more to our city than just parking tickets on windshields. From helping citizens understand parking signs to showing tourists the way to their next destination, Rutizer puts a positive face on the infamous Philadelphian passion.

Rutizer is a tall man with a thin frame and neatly cropped hair. His most notable feature though, is the smile he wears 24/7, rain or shine. His voice is soft and low, but the passion he has for his city and his job exudes in everything he says. It’s even landed him Employee of the Month on multiple occasions.

Before he found the PPA, he volunteered in his community, helped senior citizens and also worked as a valet. While he enjoyed his time valeting, it didn’t allow him the face-to-face experience with people that he craved.

“I just love dealing with people,” Rutizer stresses, “I love that [human] interaction!”

In fact, he loves being around people so much that he rarely takes a day off and constantly picks up extra shifts. He’s simply happiest when patrolling.

Every PEO has their favorite places to patrol. Rutizer is happy wherever he’s assigned, but he does say, “My 100 percent [favorite places to patrol] are Chinatown and Old City.” He loves the interactions he has with different cultures in both locations.

Both of these places are tourist destinations, making Rutizer’s role as a representative of our city all the more important. In fact, he finds that many of the questions people have in these two areas don’t even pertain to parking. Most of the time, he serves as an unofficial tour guide, giving directions and pointing out destinations.

Rutizer also loves helping people understand the signs. Not fully reading the signs is the most common parking violation he sees, and even though confused drivers can tweet or Facebook message the PPA with a question, Rutizer is on-the-ground and ready to help.

“When they made up these signs, it was hard to fit every little detail where people can see [it],” Rutizer laments, adding, “I had a woman this morning who only saw the middle of the sign where it said ‘1 hour parking,’ but she didn’t see the top where it said ‘truck loading only.’”

After hearing him speak so positively about his experiences, you’d never guess that working as a PEO didn’t always come easily to Rutizer. A sensitive person, he found that being a PEO took a bit of adjustment.

However he does admit, “People are gonna scream at you, but I just take it with a grain of salt.” Usually apologizing and explaining that it’s part of his duty goes a long way to appease angry people.

At first he took to heart all the backlash and criticism from those he ticketed. He quickly found that it’s all in your mindset and attitude. Treating everyone with respect and keeping a positive, upbeat outlook no matter the situation really makes all the difference.

He explains that a positive patrolling experience begins with first impressions.

“People see that first impression of a PEO…You want to be nice to people so they respect you out there,” adding, “It’s helped me out every day that I’ve worked this job.”

Rutizer operates under a “get what you give” mentality when on duty, saying, “There’s always going to be someone who doesn’t like you because you’re issuing them a ticket…but you just have to do your best and go that extra effort.”

He truly believes that at the end of the day, “If you don’t love this job, you’re not going to be able to go out there and interact nicely with people.” For him, the eight-hour workday goes by in no time at all.

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AUGUST REGULAR BOARD MEETING TIME CHANGE

Please be advised that the PPA has changed the meeting time for the August Regular Board Meeting.  The meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. in the Board Room of the Authority’s headquarters, 701 Market Street, Suite 5400, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

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JULY REGULAR BOARD MEETING TIME CHANGE

Please be advised that the PPA has changed the meeting time for the July Regular Board Meeting.  The meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. in the Board Room of the Authority’s headquarters, 701 Market Street, Suite 5400, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

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