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New measure forgives two tickets

Miami’s parking office will begin a policy next month to cancel two parking tickets per year per license plate. The accommodation is available to faculty, staff, students and visitors upon request and follows the fiscal year, July 1-June 30. There are some restrictions:

• The ticket must be received at the parking office within 10 calendar days of the date the ticket was written. The ticket must have been written after Jan. 1, 2004.

• The ticket may be presented in person or sent by mail to the parking office.

• The name and operator’s license number of the person responsible for the vehicle must be legibly printed on the back of the ticket in the space provided.

• A ticket issued for violation of handicap parking, illegal use or reproduction of a permit, and immobilization or impoundment will not be canceled.

The policy previously applied only to visitors. But, improved communication between students and the parking office opened the door for change: In a summer meeting with parking and transportation services director Richard Keppler, Associated Student Government (ASG) president Mike Chapman requested a monthly online survey about parking and Metro bus concerns.

Keppler’s office put the survey online in late August and has sent monthly results to ASG. Many students responded that the parking policy was too complicated and that the fine for an honest mistake was too high.

Survey results prompted student senator Megan Ruhe to suggest that a measure similar to what is offered to visitors should be available to students.

The parking office extended the measure to include faculty and staff in order to be consistent. The measure was approved in November by Richard Norman, vice president for finance and business services, and takes effect Jan. 1.

For more information contact the parking office at 9-8535.

Date Published: 12/18/2003
Volume: 23   Number: 19

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