Monday, October 31, 2016

Tougher Parking Meter Enforcement On Tonight's City Council Agenda

The Spokane City Council is expected tonight to ask downtown parking enforcement officers to more rigorously enforce time limits.

According to the Spokesman-Review, a resolution on tonight's council agenda from council members Breean Beggs and Lori Kinnear authorizes officers to use license plate-reading technology to identify vehicles that are parking for longer than the limit at meters downtown. The city has the technology but isn’t using it for enforcement.

The recommendation follows a study by the city’s Parking Services Department showing many parkers in the two-hour spots aren't obeying time limits, which businesses say is needed to keep on-street traffic flowing downtown.

An alternative proposal would raise the on-street parking hourly rate from $1.20 to $2. An advisory committee had been considering the idea so that on-street parking would match the rate at privately owned lots and garages, and get long-term parkers off the streets.

The resolution doesn’t change any city policies on parking, instead authorizing enforcement officers to use existing technology to enforce the time-limit policy that has been the law for years.

The City Council will consider the resolution during its meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall. 

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