Oklahoma City, where parking meters began, modernizes system

The Associated Press - October 29, 2017 10:52 am

Oklahoma City, where parking meters began, modernizes system
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The city where parking meters were born says it’s doing away with the last of its coin-operated models by the end of the year as it installs new computerized ones.
Technology inside Oklahoma City’s old-school meters dated to the 1960s and 1970s. Many companies that once serviced them have long been out of business. The city is switching to solar-powered kiosks that feature a “pay-by-plate” system.
Meters began springing up in cities throughout America after the first one was installed in downtown Oklahoma City in 1935. Cities soon came to rely on their steady revenue – and the fines for failing to pay- to pad coffers.
Those fines aren’t going away, much to the dismay of motorists who’ve carried on a mostly hate-hate relationship with the machines for generations.

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