Parking Meters: Who Ensures You’re Not Cheated?

A bill working its way through Harrisburg could change who is responsible.

Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture Weights and Measures Division currently has the responsibility to make sure that when you put a quarter in the meter, you get the 30 minutes, or whatever time assigned to the meter, you were promised, but that may soon change.

House Bill No. 2366 would make it the responsibility of the municipality to inspect the meters once every five years. The state currently inspects the meters once every three years, according to the PA Independent.

Since municipalities are the ones to benefit from parking meters and the tickets issued should a meter expire, are you concerned that they also be the ones to inspect those meters for accuracy?

The bill also mandates training and certification for the inspectors.

The bill unanimously passed the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Tuesday, according to the PA Independent.

Should the bill be passed, the measure would become law in 90 days.

George Jones III May 31, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Jim, If you are calling me D.B. the cop, WRONG. I am not now, nor ever been, nor ever aspired to be a police officer anywhere. The reason taxes aren't paid in Phila. is a poor collection system as well as a strife ridden assessment system. Their system is so poor that they fail to collect overdue taxes when the property is sold. Sometimes these properties are bought and sold by the same person using different names. After 2 or 3 of these "short" sales, the taxes disappear and the same owner starts over and never pays a tax. Look at U.D., their taxes are much higher than ours so maybe you could look there as a starter and see what the cause is. Their school system is failing and costs are skyrocketing. their teachers have foregone pay raises for the 2nd year and costs keep skyrocketing, ask yourself why?. For a mini sample of their problem, go down to the P&W station at Beechwood east bound. Watch all the students get on, there, there is only 1 stop in Haverford Township and they are not getting off there. Multiply that by 100 or so and you will understand U.D.'s school crisis. Each community has their problems, they are all different and not as racial as you are implying. Jim, get over your hatred for the police, as in all life, there are good ones and bad ones. Accept that fact and you will live a little longer without the worrying that you do.
Jim May 31, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Geoge Jones I didn't call you a D.B. cop. I called Bill Ewing a D.B. cop. I am not blaming the teachers in Philadephia, I am blaming the city goverment in PHiladehphia,and stiffs like Senator Hardy Williams who steals money time after time.
Bill Ewing May 31, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I'm not a cop either. This is another instance of your tendency to make up "facts" to suit your biases. I'm glad that you finally realized the Senator is not "Harvey." Even so, State Senator Hardy Williams died some years ago. The man you are talking about is his son, State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, who happens to agree with you about public schools. Having accepted millions of dollars in contributions from rich school voucher supporters to finance his recent campaign for Governor, he is the state's leading advocate for using public school funds to pay for private schools.
Morgan King May 31, 2012 at 08:41 PM
I love that the Mt. Airy patch has its very own braindead neocon comment troll.
Pete Kennedy May 31, 2012 at 09:20 PM
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