PhD: Let’s Get Rid Of Parking Tickets!
You’re just a few minutes late coming back to your car parked in a metered spot, hoping, praying, you didn’t get a ticket, only to find a bright orange envelope stuck to the windshield.
Anam Ardeshiri, a doctoral candidate in transportation and urban infrastructure studies has experienced this and it inspired him to design a system that virtually eliminates the need for expired meter parking tickets according to The Atlantic Cities website.
Ardeshiri doesn’t believe it’s right for a motorist to get hit with a big penalty just for being a few minutes late to the car. He also doesn’t think it makes sense to assess the driver who is a few minutes getting back to their car the same amount someone who parks all day without feeding the meter.
He believes the current model of paying for metered spaces is all wrong. Currently, drivers try to guess at how much time they’ll need and pay for that much time.
Ardeshiri proposes a system where drivers would swipe their credit card, receive an open ended meter receipt to display on their dashboard, and upon returning to the car, swipe the bar coded receipt which would then allow the meter how much meter time your credit card should be charged.
But how do you encourage the proper amount of parking turnover and/or discourage drivers from parking too long? Incrementally increase the cost based on the time your car is parked. For example, the first hour is $2, the second hour is $3, etc.
Ardeshiri theorizes cities will actually derive more revenue from this model than from the fines generated by parking tickets.
Here’s the full story at The Atlantic Cities, “A Case for Abolishing Parking Tickets.”