Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Random snow post

Are we all still here?   Snow has not yet extinguished all activity across the city and region?

Anyway.... the PG has a series of photo on the status of snow around local hospitals and this is part of one of those photos

So I just want to know a couple things.  Who put money into this meter? Could there possibly be an available slot next to it?   Did someone not get the memo that it's free parking all week now that the Pittsburgh parking authority has laid off its meter enforcers for the duration. Methinks the photographer was framing the photo.  I think it would have been better with the 'expired' in there.

There are a slew of honest to goodness serious questions in all of this.   Parking meter leases anyone?   Folks realize the Pittsburgh Parking Authority has taken over the parking meter ticketing operations in the city.  I wonder how all this will work once the meters have been privatized.   Think the yet to be named meter operator will let off their enforcers under any circumstance?   If the city plows snow into a meter parking spot, will they send the city a bill for impinging on their income generating asset?  For our legal beagle friends: would that constitute a taking?

Actually I have been meaning to check what happens in Chicago or wherever meters have been privatized.  If you get a ticket and want to dispute it, do you still get to appeal a ticket to a judge of some form or another.  I sense a principal-agent problem somewhere in all of that. 

I just kind of wonder if all of these issues are somehow being priced into whatever bids someone will be making if all this goes through.


Anonymous johnnyg said...

Maybe it works like all of those places where there are red light cameras. Even if you appeal, you still need to pay your fine to the private company running the red light cameras. If you win your appeal, you get reimbursed from the governmental agency. Those private companies are guaranteed their take, and settle-up with the municipality on a quarterly basis.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010 10:46:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

Who put money into this meter?

The person taking the pictures probably figured the photo was as close as he could get to a parking receipt for the expense account. (If the PG still lets you expense that much.)

Tuesday, February 09, 2010 11:15:00 PM  

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