What happens when we pass a law we can’t enforce


What happens when we pass a law we can’t enforce

I have commented on this issue in the past but it has raised its head again. Pennsylvania has a requirement that parking meters be calibrated every three years (like fuel pumps.) If they aren’t, parking tickets can be voided. So here’s the deal. There aren’t enough inspector to check all the meters in the state, so guess what, a lot don’t get serviced on a regular basis. So if you get a parking ticket in the Keystone state check to see if it has been calibrated. If not, take it to court. You have a sure winner.

But is it reasonable to pass laws when the state can’t hold up its end of the bargain. Of course not. It would seem that if calibration is going to be a requirement, then there should be a “calibration fee” for each meter and the money should go to hire, train, and pay enough inspectors to do the job. And if there is such a fee, then it’s time that those in charge do their jobs, or be replaced. If you can.


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