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Readers not pleased with tickets at broken meters

March 12, 2010 |  3:55 pm

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.

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

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On Thursday, we asked readers to share their thoughts about the issue. Among the 76 responses, many recounted receiving tickets at broken meters and expressed frustration. Others called on lawmakers to stop nickel-and-diming residents to generate revenue. Here's a sampling of responses:

brodie012: If the meter don't work, then the spot is free. You can't tell it's out of order until you get out of the car. I refuse to get back in the car, merge back into traffic and scrounge for another spot. That is criminal.

Marc Glassberg: I was parked on a side street off Sunset and Highland in Hollywood last summer and the parking meter was bagged and labeled as broke. But I STILL FOUND A TICKET ON MY WINDSHIELD. I wound up paying $65 after sending in a defense to the parking commission.

Susan: I received a ticket on La Brea one afternoon last fall after parking at a broken meter that "fixed" itself 20 minutes later. However, I had multiple witnesses including a business owner who saw the "dead" display. AND I had snapped a photo of the display with my iPhone. With witness statements and the dated (& GPS info) photo I was able to protest the ticket and had it dismissed.

Richard: Perhaps it is time to pass an initiative restricting what is charged and the fines that can be levied against those who violate them. Parking fees and tickets are not supposed to be used for revenue. Neither are traffic violations.

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Photo credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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