CONTACT: CHARLES S. DRUM
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0048; fax (319) 384-0024
PROGRAM CONTACT: DAVID RICKETTS
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 vehicles 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
In the past, weve forgiven tickets received at broken meters,
but we cant go on this way, Ricketts says. We consulted
with other universities our size and this is the plan weve 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.