|Why is this Virginia car enforcement officer|
writing so many tickets for cars parked waiting
for new inspection stickers at repair shops?
I smell a scam.
The money making schtick is what seems to be going in Fairfax County, Virginia.
According to the Washington Post, a car enforcement gal named Jacquelyn D. Hogue has been going to repair shops and ticketing cars for expired inspections stickers. The cars are parked there because their owners are getting new inspection stickers.
There are several repair shops in the Mariah Business Center, and all of them have been seeing traffic enforcement ticket soon-to-be inspected cars.
The Washington Post says repair shop owners "don't understand why Fairfax police have zealously sought to enforce laws on expired tags or inspections, mainly on drivers who are making the effort to get their cars into compliance, while on private property. Hogue's appearance in the industrial park often set off a scramble to hide customers' cars inside the shops, the shop owners said."
The Post article explains that Fairfax pollice are only on the property because a letter issued by Mariah's property management firm specifially ranted police permission to enforce county traffic, parking and towing ordinances.
'Why aren't they barking up their property manager's tree?....That is their business. Without that letter, we have no authority - none - to be in that parking lot,' said Fairfax Police spokeswoman Lt. Brooke Wright.
Here's where it gets (intentionally?) confusing. The property manager declined to answer the Washington Post's questions. The repair shop operators rent from owners of individual buildings in the park, and the owners claime they can't change or withdraw the authorizing letter because they are not members of Mariah's condo association board of directors.
Murky? You bet. Which means I really smell a rat. I have no proof or evidence of this, but I bet the condo association is taking kickbacks from inspection ticket inspections. The condo association board wins financially, as do Fairfax Police.
And probably Hogue, who is the one who is always writing the tickets. She declined the Washington Post's request for comment. Surprise!!
It's all about revenue generation, not public safety.
This is all just one incident, but I wonder how many other swindles are going on in Our Fair Nation between police or other authorities and land owners.
I know I'm sounding paranoid and conspiratorial, but something is amiss, I'm sure.
I hope somehow this scam gets broken, but I'm not holding my breath.