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Motorists claim L.A. handing out tickets at broken parking meters. Has it happened to you?

March 11, 2010 | 11:54 am
Parking meters Talk back L.A.

Between 10% and 12% of the parking meters in Los Angeles fail at any given time, according to a recent study.

Officials aren't supposed to give parking tickets to motorists parked at broken meters, but some residents complain the city is doing just that.

Amir Sedadi, assistant general manager of the Transportation Department, assured city council members "the policy of the Department of Transportation is not to issue any citations to broken meters." But in some instances, Sedadi said, broken meters can inexplicably snap back into operation, which could be why some Angelenos have been ticketed.

But The Times' Maeve Reston reports that some are demanding more action. "There's a lot of short fuses in the world, people are out of work and out of jobs. . . . I want to have a friendly, efficient" Transportation Department, said Councilman Tom LaBonge. "If someone says 'I got a ticket,' henceforth, 'from a failed meter,' we want to know about that, because we don't do that." 

What do you think the city is doing? Have you gotten a ticket at a broken meter? Share your experiences and thoughts below.

Photo credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times