Broken parking meters shouldn’t be bait for unwary drivers

By Jon Coupal and Blanca Rubio | Starting on January 1st, Californians who park their cars next to a parking meter only to find that it’s broken won’t have to worry that a parking ticket will be waiting on their windshield when they come back, thanks to a new law.

A weekly column by Jon CoupalAssembly Bill 1625, introduced by Assemblywoman Blanca E. Rubio, D-Baldwin Park, prevents local governments from banning parking at metered spaces with broken meters or parking kiosks. The driver-friendly bill was supported by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

In 2014, San Francisco collected $130 million from parking tickets and Los Angeles took in $165 million.

In the 2015-2016 fiscal year, Los Angeles collected $148 million from parking tickets but, because of high overhead costs, the city treasury only received 28 percent, or about $42 million.

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