Q. My adult daughter has accumulated several parking tickets in LA. The horrible collection fees made it worse. She had an old car that wasn’t worth the amount of fees and penalties, so she sold it to a scrap yard. Do the collection efforts end with the car, or what is she exposed to? The tickets were apparently issued by the city’s Parking Violations Bureau. The total fines, penalties and collection fees are $1,052. At this time, they have sent a notice that they will intercept any tax refund from the Franchise Tax Board. Good luck with that – I wish she had a tax refund!
– Ron Meyers, Huntington Beach
A. Oh, Honk wishes so much he had a refunding coming his way, too.
He reached out to Oliver Hou, with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, who told him the car’s demise doesn’t stop the city’s effort to get the money.
Los Angeles will go the Department of Motor Vehicles to determine the vehicle’s owner and press on.
“The liability for the citations rests on the motorist who owned the vehicle at the time of citation issue date,” Hou told Honk.
Q. Dear Honk: What has happened to the paint used to stripe lanes? Everywhere I drive is in need of paint. The exit at Camino Capistrano going south on the I-5 freeway is an accident waiting to happen. It is a large swath of cement that eventually breaks into three lanes, and the paint there is all but non-existent! Is the paint inferior to what was previously used, or has road maintenance been put on hold?
– Pat Bulseco, San Juan Capistrano
A. First off, Honk wants to break some news he picked up while researching this one – beginning in July, freeway lane-striping will go from four inches wide to six, a project that will take upward of a decade to complete statewide.
“The new, wider stripes should be easier to see and, because the new striping takes up more surface space, it’s expected to last longer and be more durable,” Lindsey Hart, a Caltrans spokeswoman based in Orange County, told Honk in an email. “Tiny reflective beads are also embedded into the thermal plastic for added visibility when headlights shine on them.”
That plastic is heated to 350-plus degrees before being applied. Caltrans has used this method for years – the increasing traffic probably wears the striping down quicker.
Maintenance isn’t less than in years past, she said, although the state’s budget has been quite strained so roads definitely need serious work. But the passage of a state…