This happens daily across the country. Merchants and employees take the best parking spots, and their customers have no place to park. Read all about It here.
I won’t rail on this, you’ve heard my comments before. However Mark has this to say about frequent parking violators:
This article is a good illustration of an issue that I’m not sure can be resolved as long as parking tickets are treated as non-moving violations. There are a lot of people that treat the tickets and fines as “the cost of doing business”. I remember a few years back in a discussion with a bank executive he stated that he always parked at a meter and never worried about a ticket if the time ran out, and if he did get one he just turned it in on his expense report. It doesn’t take too many people with that type of attitude to make a market based parking management plan (curb pricing) ineffective. I still say there should be some sort of impact on your driving privileges (DL points, insurance, etc) if you surpass “x” amount of parking tickets in a specified time frame.
I’m not certain I agree with the driving privileges issue – however stronger enforcement would help. In London, they use the “boot”. If your car is booted, you have to go, in person, to their parking enforcement office that is inconveniently located at the end of one of the underground lines. It takes about an hour to get there. You then have to pay a fine and removal fee, and then you have to go back and await the officer who will remove the boot. Its time consuming, inconvenient, and costly. My guess is that Mark’s banker friend would think twice about not paying for parking if he ran the risk of a hefty fine AND having to spend the better part of a day getting his car back. People who don’t care about money do care about their time. If you criminalize parking by removing the driving privilidge or affecting one’s insurance, you probably also mean that you need a sworn officer to write the ticket, thus complicating enforcement in many cities.