Although we never followed the rules anyway, Los Angeles City Council just voted that drivers can park at broken meters without getting ticketed. That stupid policy, which made just generally cranky Angelenos into forces of rage and destruction, was put into action in 2010, but a complete majority ruled that people should be able to park at those dumb, always broken digital meters without getting an irrationally large parking ticket.
According to LAist, Mike Bonin said that getting rid of the mean policy will “let people know that the city is on their side,” although the council is afraid people will “abuse” their rights to park at a broken meter, like say, break the meter so they can park for free. Even wrapping a plastic bag around the meter can make it seem like the meter is “broken” and you can use that as an excuse.
But Bonin (anyone else really dig his name?) said that lawbreakers would have to “stand in broad daylight with a sledge hammer” to mess the meters up.
Hey, we wouldn’t put it past some Angelenos. Just sayin’.
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles