Tougher meter rules go into effect

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July 7, 2003 // UPDATED 10:57 am - April 30, 2007
By: Ellen Nigon
Ellen Nigon

Beginning July 14, parking meter enforcement in Minneapolis will get stricter.

Last year, a city study noted that those with disability parking permits took 40 percent of metered parking spaces -- partly because they can park at short-term meters all day. The new plan changes that, giving permit-carrying parkers a maximum of four hours at one-, two- and four-hour meters. Parkers with disability permits may park at six-, eight- or 10-hour limit meters for as long as they wish.

The city is offering reduced monthly rates at municipal parking ramps for those with disability permits. If those with permits have vehicles too large to park in municipal ramps, the City will offer monthly on-street parking permits. The cost of those permits varies depending on location. For more information on reduced rates in city ramps or on-street parking permits, call 673-2866 or 673-2157 (TTY).

The City will enforce these new restrictions at short-term parking meters and will more heavily enforce parking rules at all meters (approximately 6,200) in Minneapolis.

About 4,600 meters are short term, with limits ranging from 15 minutes to four hours. The rest of the meters have six, eight or 10-hour time limits. Drivers are legally allowed to park at a meter only for the length of time permitted on that meter. For example, if the meter is a one-hour meter, it is illegal to add more money to the meter after it has expired.

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