US Representative Stephen F. Lynch has apparently been getting a pass on parking in his hometown of South Boston for years.
His second vehicle -- this one a personal car with an official congressional license plate -- bears a residential parking sticker that expired six years ago.
The sedan, marked by the license plate “US Congress 9” and two Lynch campaign stickers in the rear window, also bears a South Boston residential parking sticker that expired Dec. 31, 2006. It was parked Friday afternoon on Thomas Park, not far from his home.
Lynch responded Friday night, saying, “Residential parking stickers are issued periodically by the City. There is no charge for the sticker. Nor is it mandatory to have one.
“However, since we qualify I will certainly ask for a new one. I think my neighbors will attest that I still live here.”
The Globe reported Friday that the notable South Boston resident had left his other car, a campaign-purchased sport utility vehicle, illegally parked in a school parking lot in his neighborhood for at least two days. Residents of the neighborhood are allowed to park in the South Boston Educational Complex, but they clear out by dawn to evade aggressive tow truck operators who monitor the lot in the parking-starved neighborhood.