California Could Be Getting a ‘Parking Bill of Rights’

Looks like California is ready to give drivers a slight free pass on parking.

According to LAist, State Assembly member Mike Gatto—who reps Burbank, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Montrose and parts of L.A.—has proposed a Parking Bill of Rights for the state, which would make parking our cars a little easier and cheaper. This Bill of Rights consists of several steps, including:

  • Maintaining the law that tickets cannot be issued at broken meters. This law will expire at the end of 2016, and Gatto is looking to extend it.
  • Once street cleaning is finished, parking spots would immediately become available to drivers.
  • Valet attendants would not be able to tell drivers they couldn’t use metered spots or loading zones.
  • The implementation of demand-based pricing at meters, where meters would be cheaper at times when demand is low. This is already in effect in some areas of L.A., including downtown L.A. and Westwood Village.
  • If a car was illegally parked because of a crime and it wasn’t the car owner’s fault, tow companies would have a harder time fining the owner. For example, if someone steals your car, takes it for a ride and then ditches it somewhere where it’s illegal to park, tow companies wouldn’t be able to slap you with a huge bill.
  • Cities would not be allowed to hire private companies to work as “parking bounty hunters.”

Gatto, had this to say in a statement:

Occasionally the state needs to step in and remind our local governments that parking a vehicle should be an efficient practice, and not another big hassle designed to separate motorists from their money.

The “Parking Bill of Rights” sounds really cool, but can they also get rid of all those parking signs. De verdad son muchos, some signs say “30 minute Parking” and then there’s usually another sign above or below that say’s “No Parking Tow Away Zone.” It’s quite confusing, what do you think?

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