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We Get Letters…

Charlie thinks we need a special section for letters like this one:

Dear Mr or Ms,

I got this ticket and the comments are “Moved 3 parking spaces up” which does not make sense to me.

I parked my car there 11am and moved it 12:50 pm. Right, I moved several parking spaces. However, I have always been told by my friends that they just moved a little bit or even let the wheel run half a cycle every two hours and they never got such a ticket. I do not think they lied to me.

I noticed the same officer issued two tickets to me in 3 days. The other one is on this Tuesday. It seems that he or she remembers my car clearly. Besides my car is Jaguar which is kind of uncommon, making it easier to remember.

What if I drive a Honda or Toyota or Ford? Will I also get a ticket like this? Probably not based on the feedbacks from my friends.

So I think it’s not fair to me just because I drive a different car.


Actually I can sympathize a bit — the rules for moving your vehicle are not always clear.  However this does stretch one’s belief a bit


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John Van Horn

3 Responses

  1. Signage would correct this confusion. Glendale has it clearly posted near the Americana Shopping Center. Sign says 2 Hour Parking 6AM to 10PM. Once Per Day Per Block. Sun & Hol. Excepted. The parking meter was created for parking turnover and NOT musical chairs with cars. This person was playing a game with the system and got caught. “However, I have always been told by my friends that they just moved a little bit or even let the wheel run half a cycle every two hours and they never got such a ticket.” Hats off to that ever town it happened in. The PEO’s are on their “A Game”!

    1. previously that managing the on-street pakrnig asset requires a carrot AND a stick, with the stick being the least desirable method. The carrot consists of meters taking credit cards, in-car meters, pay by cell, proper signage, ticket voids etc.It is totally unrealistic to expect that there is a way to manage this asset without some element of enforcement, regardless of who the manager is (private or public), what your revenue goals are or what you do with the money it generates.An on-street pakrnig operation is a big huge pakrnig lot with no controls in or out and no possibility of controls (sensor companies may take issue with this, but sensors don’t work as a control if you don’t have anyone enforcing). I suppose that you could require tracking devices to be installed in every vehicle and automatically charge the registered owner every time the vehicle stops in a paid pakrnig area after a grace period. Seems a little too much like big brother for me and probably most Americans.Wal-mart has security cameras, greeters, walls and doors, which could be considered passive enforcement. Most people who would otherwise walk off with merchandise don’t do it because there is a good chance they will get caught by the passive enforcement systems and maybe end up in jail. We don’t have walls, security cameras, doors or greeters that can screen everyone into and out of the store, and we never will. I’m also pretty sure that people don’t end up in jail for stealing pakrnig, although if they don’t pay their tickets, their vehicles may end up jailed by a boot or a tow truck.So, JVH, we know you don’t like enforcement, but do you have any other ideas on how to control a multi-billion dollar asset without it? Especially since according to your own observations on what percentage of tickets never get written, you have a 90% chance of getting away with pakrnig illegally.

  2. John.

    There are two ways for the PEOs to detect “Tire Rotaters”

    The first way is for the PEOs to manually record license numbers and return two hours later.

    A less laboreous way is to use a vehicle equipped with an LPR camer and return two hours later.


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