Here are some words we never thought we'd utter: It's a good day to be a driver with a car registered to a Detroit address.
Under a new ordinance approved today by City Council, city residents who receive parking tickets can pay just half of the current $45 fine if they submit their payment within five days.
The ordinance takes effect Nov. 1.
The Detroit News has the fine print:
To qualify, drivers must reside in Detroit and their vehicles must be registered to addresses in approved Detroit ZIP codes and have no more than one outstanding parking ticket.
To obtain the discount, residents will be asked to submit license plate information through a portal that will be made available on the city's website. They also will be able to provide that information in-person at the parking department, which would be entered into that system by staff.
Parking tickets were $30 prior to the city's bankruptcy, and just $10 if paid early.