Owensboro studying parking kiosks, other parking enforcement methods

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT)  An Owensboro parking committee is looking at other options for enforcing parking times.

One option is parking meters.

In the past, the city’s parking enforcement would mark your tire with chalk to measure how long your vehicle was in one spot. But after a federal court ruling, officials look for other ways to enforce parking rules.

Drivers move their vehicles before time limits run out on downtown street level parking spots.

“I wish I could stay down here longer. That does become problematic,” says Andrea Thompson of Owensboro.

The city’s parking committee is studying other ways to enforce street parking, including kiosks or meters. It follows a federal court ruling in Michigan where judges concluded chalking tires to determine how long a car parked in one spot is illegal. Owensboro Police, who were not involved in that lawsuit, say they’ve stopped that practice.

“There’s lots of applications and formats you can still enforce that without physically putting a piece of chalk on the tire,” says Tim Ross, Owensboro Director of Public Events. He also says meters and kiosks are one of several parking enforcement tools studied. They’re also looking in to app based programs and other cities parking enforcement programs.

“There’s a lot of different systems out there, but its all basically to regulate that timed parking in order to create the turnover to help businesses and give folks the opportunity to park where they want,” Ross adds.

Some drivers say any new parking enforcement program could be difficult at first.

“I think it would be kind of hard to get everybody lined up to park in the right place because first place they come up to, they would just pull in,” says Steve Mackey of Utica, Ky.

Ross says a plan won’t be presented to city officials until some time this Fall.

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(This story was originally published on May 17, 2019)

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