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Tricky Situation With Parking Meters And Kiosks On The Same Block

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – You need the wisdom of Solomon to figure this out.

You drive into Center City, park on a block that has meters AND a kiosk. Which do you use to pay for your parking — the wrong choice will cost you!

The 600 block of South Third Street is one of the roughly five streets in the city that feature both metered and kiosk spaces.

Recently the owners of two compact cars were able to park at a single metered space there but used the kiosk to pay for the space, placing the purchase slip on their dashboards. Both owners emerged to find tickets on their windshield for an expired meter.

Corrine O’Connor, director of on-street parking for the Philadelphia Parking Authority, says that is a unique problem.

“Because there are so few blocks that actually have it, it wasn’t discussed with the parking enforcement officers. Now that we are aware that has happened, we are going to discuss it with the parking enforcement officers and make sure that if they see a receipt, they should verify that it’s the same kiosk is on the block.”

O’Connor plans to talk with those officers in the next 24-48 hours. In the meantime, she can’t guarantee you won’t get a ticket, so if you park in front of a meter, pay the meter.

Reported by Michelle Durham, KYW Newsradio

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  • Ray

    I just used two cards each on three machines in University City and all three failed. Six attempts, all failed. Lady who used the machine after me? Worked just fine. I had to walk to the next block to find a machine that worked. What a joke.

  • Tom McGrath

    Great communication PPA. Kiosk installed where meters are and no comment from the upper management. All brain dead like the rest of the City agencies.
    The idiot meter maid had to have know there was a kiosk for the block but had to use that great power they have in there pen.
    Don’t you just love Philly.

  • grumpy

    This, along with the crime issue is why I stay out of this city!

  • state engineer

    the ppa is no good at all and yes they are the mafia.

  • Coq O'The Walk

    “The PPA is nothing but a city sanctioned mafia”

    Yup. I received a ticket for a time and date when both me and my car were in North Carolina.

  • Joe

    The PPA is nothing but a city sanctioned mafia

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