City of LA Changes Course on Broken Parking Meters
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted Wednesday to change their prior policy regarding broken parking meters. Until about two years ago, cars parked at broken parking meters were NOT ticketed. The City started ticketing cars parked at broken meters about two years ago, citing lost revenue and the City’s “right” to be compensated for the parking. The result was unusable parking spaces, because parking in such a space risked receiving an expensive parking citation.
The new approach is actually a return to prior practices. The City says that the widespread implementation of newer electronic meters has reduced the incidence of non-functioning meters to the point where it no longer poses a threat to the revenue stream. But beware– parking at a meter that is broken but doesn’t clearly appear to be could still result in a ticket.