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Release: Jan. 17, 2003

Parking at a broken meter on UI campus will earn a fine

Beginning Monday, Jan. 27, drivers on the University of Iowa campus who park at an out-of-order or jammed parking meter will be billed for a $7 user fee. The fee notice will look like a parking ticket and will be similarly placed on the vehicle’s windshield.

David Ricketts, UI director for parking and transportation, says the fee is an attempt to solve a growing problem of intentionally jammed and broken meters on campus. In previous years, the department expected only a handful of broken meters a week. Last semester, that number swelled to more than 500 a week.

“In the past, we’ve forgiven tickets received at broken meters, but we can’t go on this way,” Ricketts says. “We consulted with other universities our size and this is the plan we’ve adopted.”

Vehicles left parked at a meter may be charged up to three times a day: morning, afternoon, and after 6 p.m. if the meters are enforced during those hours. The fees will be billed through the University Cashier's Office. The fees will not count as parking tickets, Ricketts says, meaning they will not apply toward the tow list. Most other universities consulted, Ricketts says, simply give parking tickets.

The parking department is asking drivers to report malfunctioning campus meters to 335-1475. When reporting an out-of-order meter, provide the meter ID (RB 92, for example) and a description of the meter problem.