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Broken-Meter Tickets Could be Banned in L.A.

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Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 8:08 AM

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Tired of getting a ticket when you park a meter that craps out (sometimes after you've fed it properly)?

Incoming Westside city Councilman Mike Bonin seeks to put an end to that madness. This week he submitted to the L.A. council a motion that would nix such tickets:

Why?

His office argues that it's needless anyway: New meters and new technology are resilient: The city's policy was allegedly enacted to discourage people from bashing in meters so they could get a free spot.

But the newer meters are fairly bash-resistant. Plus, they're interactive: City Department of Transportation personnel know quickly when a meter's not working.

Bonin:

Meter Motion (07.02.13) by CouncilDistrict11

Punishing people because a meter is broken is blatantly unfair. New technology has made this outdated policy unnecessary and drivers seeking valuable parking spots in congested areas and small business owners who need parking for their customers deserve better from the City of Los Angeles.

Getting his proposal passed would be a big initial victory for a guy who's new to the council. Writing tickets for broken meters is one of the more hated practices by City Hall.

But Bonin will have competition:

There's a law moving through the state legislature that would prevent cities like L.A. from issuing broke-meter tickets.

The race is on.

Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Dennis Romero on Twitter at @dennisjromero. Follow LA Weekly News on Twitter at @laweeklynews.

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