Not the perfect parking meter

A perfect parking meter – is there such a thing? In my mind, yes. I prefer the parking meter that issues a receipt for the amount of time you paid for & when the allotted parking expires. You display this receipt by placing it on the vehicle’s dashboard so the receipt is visible.

So what’s not a prefect parking meter? See attached photos. Being “green” I should like the saving of paper. You must type in your parking space number before feeding the meter. But I don’t like the lack of a paper trail as proof of payment. 

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You may be thinking – you didn’t get a receipt with the old parking meters. True, but the old parking meters were physically by the one or two parking spaces it covered. However the “not so perfect parking meter” will store information about 5, 10, 20 parking spaces. What happens if there is a malfunction with this meter? How does one prove that one paid for parking? Any in these tough financial times with cash strapped local governments, will the local government acknowledge the parking meter isn’t working & forgo collecting fees generated by parking tickets?

These are the reasons why I prefer the parking meter that issues the paper receipt.

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1 Comment

  1. August 27, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Yeah, was thinking the same as reading. I prefer the old ones, where every parking space had its own machine.


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