Regulations

Long gone are the days when parking was a free-for-all. Parking has become a highly regulated industry for many reasons: it creates major revenue for municipalities; there’s a need for equal access for the disabled, accommodations are made for cultural events like concerts or Sunday church; and parking security must be formalized to monitor unauthorized personnel in sensitive places like schools and hospitals.

But our posts about parking regulations do more than just bring you the latest. We aim to give you context, simple breakdowns complicated jargon, and answer your questions. Are you wondering about whether you need to pay for parking if you have a disabled placard? How many accessible spaces businesses must provide for disabled employees or customers? The difference between loading, standing, and stopping? Read, comment, ask.

Gov’t tracks license plates, refuses citizens access to own records

Gov’t tracks license plates, refuses citizens access to own records

October 30, 2014

Law enforcement agencies are collecting license plate data on millions of American cars. Who’s tracking your license plate? And does it matter? The answers may startle you. A compelling report by AutoBlog reveals how law enforcement is using automated license plate readers to collect data en masse, allowing them insight to millions of American drivers’ […]

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How construction permits affect San Franciscans’ parking

How construction permits affect San Franciscans’ parking

October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Street parking is becoming an even hotter commodity in San Francisco, a city known for its scarcity of spots, reports SFGate. Why? A construction boom is the city is responsible for eating up parking spaces, as stretches of curbside parking are blocked off as tow-away zones for weeks and months at a time so that […]

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Is it your car, or are parking spaces shrinking?

Is it your car, or are parking spaces shrinking?

October 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Standard parking spaces measure 9 feet by 18 feet, but the 2014 Ford F-150—the most popular vehicle in the United States—measures a little over 8 feet by 19 feet. That gives its passengers trying to get out of the truck about 6 inches on either side—and that’s if the truck is perfectly parked in an […]

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Seattle adopts demand-based parking prices

Seattle adopts demand-based parking prices

October 6, 2014

Seattle may soon join the ranks of San Francisco and Los Angeles: cities that have dynamic or time-of-day pricing for its parking network. The idea stems from Donald Shoup, a professor of urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. According to his research on the economics of parking, drivers won’t park at spaces […]

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Post-Haystack Boston warms to parking apps

Post-Haystack Boston warms to parking apps

October 2, 2014

With the announcement last week that Boston would be partnering with TicketZen, an app that lets users pay parking tickets via barcode, the city showed mobile developers a friendly side absent when it kicked the Haystack app to the curb. Back then—just two months ago—the city forbade the startup from continuing operations. Debuting its app […]

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Miami Beach loses $19 million in parking fees

Miami Beach loses $19 million in parking fees

September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Although the government sector was the only one among other sectors in South Florida to contract in 2013, suggesting strained budgets, the City of Miami Beach has failed to collect almost $19 million in revenue from parking fees dating twenty-five years back. City staff discovered the oversight during a review of Miami Beach’s “fee in […]

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Surprising findings on traffic tickets and parking prices for D.C. drivers

Surprising findings on traffic tickets and parking prices for D.C. drivers

September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Vindication for motorists across the Washington, D.C., area: Three public agencies responsible for issuing traffic tickets were reprimanded in a damning report released earlier this month by the district’s inspector general. Comparing D.C. against the states and nearby jurisdictions, the 115-page audit discovered multiple shortcomings: a startling number of ticket writers often confused about regulations […]

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NYC adding to speed cameras near schools

NYC adding to speed cameras near schools

September 11, 2014

As New York Transportation Department sets out to exercise more control on traffic, drivers speeding near NYC schools will find it difficult to escape tickets. In a recent announcement, Mayor Bill De Blasio revealed that the city has started installing speed cameras near schools to protect kids against accidents. The move is a part of […]

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D.C. writing tickets over nonexistent streetcar

D.C. writing tickets over nonexistent streetcar

September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’ll be months before H Street sees the streetcar go live, but already D.C. enforcement officials are issuing tickets to drivers who park in its route. Testing of the line began in July, with the Department of Public Works issuing 143 tickets between July 24 and August 21. Because the fines run $100, the tickets […]

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Mobile, AL considers instituting parking minimums

Mobile, AL considers instituting parking minimums

August 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Neither Tuscaloosa nor Auburn—two cities in Alabama with significant college populations—have special zoning regulating parking for student housing, so why does Mobile farther south want to deviate from the norm? “Students require more parking spaces than our current code requires,” says Mobile councilmember Bess Rich, though she doesn’t cite supporting evidence. Rich’s argument rests on […]

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NY becomes first state to update the handicap symbol

NY becomes first state to update the handicap symbol

August 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

New York made history late last month when Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a bill mandating the replacement of the iconic handicap symbol. “This bill is an important step toward correcting society’s understanding of accessibility and eliminating a stigma for more than 1 million New Yorkers,” he said in a statement. The new symbol depicts […]

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