Angelenos May End Up Paying for Poor Meter Maintenance

  • 07/13/2012
  • Terelle Jerricks


Angelenos may not reap the benefits of a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, if transportation officials get their way with the Los Angeles City Council.

Senate Bill 1388, signed by Brown July 10, allows drivers to park at broken meters or spots with inoperable paying stations for the limited time allotted without the risk of being ticketed. That is, unless the local municipality opts out of the new law, which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2013.

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has allowed divers to park at coin-operated meters as long as the posted time limits are followed but since the department began installing credit card processing meters, it has warned drivers not to park at those high-tech meter spots if they are inoperable.

Coin meters are supposed to be phased out by the end of 2012. The city council
agreed to increase fines by $5 this past month.

For now, drivers may continue to park their cars in broken coin-operated meters
only as long as the time limits are observed.

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