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No more fines for parking at broken meters in LA

Posted: July 31, 2013 2:30 p.m.
Updated: July 31, 2013 2:30 p.m.
 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles will no longer ticket cars that are parked at broken parking meters.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/167L7wZ) the City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to overturn a policy that allowed vehicles to be ticketed when parked at broken or inoperable meters.

Supporters of the policy had said the ticketing policy would discourage drivers from vandalizing meters and parking for free.

Councilman Mike Bonin, who introduced the motion, tells the Times new parking meter technology has made such a law unnecessary.

The city's new high-tech smart meters send a text message to the city's repair crew when a meter's coin slots or card readers jam.

Transportation officials say the average response time to repair a meter is now about two hours.

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