UAB to offer amnesty for unpaid parking tickets

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Anyone with outstanding parking tickets from UAB can receive a pardon Friday in exchange for donations to benefit the United Way Food Bank.

The university, in a statement to FOX6 News, said any individual with a UAB parking ticket of at least $5 and up to $15 will receive amnesty for it when they present their ticket and a donation to UAB parking officials stationed on the UAB Campus Commons on the corner of 10th Avenue South and 16th Street. Individuals with unpaid UAB parking tickets greater than $15 who make a donation will receive a $15 discount on their tickets.

Parking officials will offer the amnesty and accept the donations Friday, March 26th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Parking citations issued by the UAB or Birmingham police departments are not eligible for amnesty, said UAB Parking and Transportation Services Director Kimberley H. Fort. In addition, pardons will be given for only one ticket per driver, Fort said.

UAB said the event is the brainchild of the outgoing president of the UAB Undergraduate Student Government Association, Hernandez Stroud, 21, of Huntsville. Stroud said he came up with the idea to create a community-service project in which student organizations across campus could work together and to assist students who have received parking citations.

"This project is a way for students not only to receive amnesty, but also to extend an outstretched arm to the community," said Stroud, a history major. "It's not just about students saving money. It's a way for us to give back."

To qualify for amnesty, individuals must donate a minimum of five items. The items acceptable for donation are:

•    Canned and nonperishable food items
•    Packages of paper towels or toilet paper
•    Plates, cups or packages of napkins
•    Plastic utensils
•    Bar soap
•    Dish washing soap
•    Laundry detergent
•    Packages of paper
•    Cleaning supplies
•    Packages of hygiene items

For more information, contact Fort or Joy A. Smith, manager, UAB Parking and Transportation Services, at 205-934-3513. You can also follow UAB Parking and Transportation Services on Twitter at and/or on Facebook at

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