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New Pay to Park Policy Angers Angelenos, LADOT Says New Meters Rarely Fail

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Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist

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LAist's story yesterday about the new pay to park policy for the newly installed coin and card meters spread virally throughout the internet. Angelenos bemoaned on Twitter, Faceboook and blogs that it was unfair. At issue was that no matter what, even if the new meters read FAIL, you have to pay. But there are some key points that we should have especially emphasized. The new policy is only for the new coin and card meters, not the old meters that just accept coins.

KTLA this morning followed up on our report and interviewed Daniel Mitchell from the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. He explained that the new meters are operating 99.9% of the time. Apparently, however, Kevin Roderick at LA Observed experienced on of the extremely rare failures in Westwood when his meter would not accept cards or coins.

Mitchell said a "neat feature" of the new meters include technology that wirelessly informs repair technicians when a meter is failing.

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The full KTLA interview is embedded below.