(KTSF by Michelle Yue)
Oakland City Council is considering a new parking ticket proposal to relax the city’s parking ticketing rules. The plan would establish a five-minute grace period for parking at public pay-and-display parking meters.
Councilmember Jane Brunner who authored the proposal says “People are getting tickets because their watch has a different time than the meter reader’s watch. So we are trying to get rid of the frustration around tickets and give people a little leeway.”
For the traditional coin-inserting meters, the new rule would allow people to stop the meter maid from issuing a ticket if they arrive at the scene while the ticket is being written.
The four-member Finance Committee at the City Council today unanimously approved the new parking ticket rule. It will be up for a full member vote next month. If approved, it will go into effect for a six-month trial period. The City Council will then decide whether or not to make it permanent.
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