CBS 2: Many Parking Meter Payboxes Still Snowbound
How can you pay to park in a metered parking spot if you can’t get to the pay box due to the snow?
CBS 2 camera crew found many parking meter pay boxes snowbound and very difficult if not impossible for some people to get to.
The city says snowed in pay boxes could be a defense if you get an expired meter ticket because you couldn’t get to the meter. City officials recommend taking a photo of the pay box in question if you get a ticket.
CBS 2 reports Chicago Parking Meters, LLC says drivers who can’t get to a pay box due to snow should contact their help line. Although, as Levine points out, that number is on the front of snow encased pay box unit.
But CBS 2 also says the reduction in revenue CPM is seeing during this nasty winter weather may end up costing the city as the meter lease contract has language that allows the meter company to bill the city when parking meter spaces cannot be utilized.
Here’s CBS 2′s full report, “Parking Meters Buried In Snow, Making Paying For Space Difficult.”