Odd rules for York City parking

Most residents who regularly park in York City have more than one story about how they believed they were unfairly cited by the downtown parking bureau.

Yesterday, I joined that crew. But, in the process, I learned something that will help me avoid parking tickets in the future, at least in the city.

Here’s what happened:

Just before 11 a.m. Tuesday, I crossed into York City. Knowing that I needed to find a spot that offered more time than a meter, I made my way toward to the parking structure at South Beaver Street and West Philadelphia Street, across from the White Rose.

I parked in spot No. 43. In the past, knowing that number was important. At the entrance to the structure was a kiosk that required a cash payment and your parking location.

That has since changed. Now, the kiosk has been updated to take credit cards. You push a button for the desired time and take a ticket. The machine no longer asks you for your space number.

Anyhow, when I got back to my car 90 minutes later, I found a parking citation. Fortunately, the parking official was close by, busy citing other vehicles.

He told me that the proper process was take the ticket dispensed by the kiosk and walk it back to your car so that it may be displayed. Well, I thought, that’s odd.

It’s not practical to get the ticket as you drive in to the structure since the kiosk is positioned toward the passenger side.

Sound odd to you?

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2 Responses to Odd rules for York City parking

  1. Peg says:

    Every parking structure has different rules. It behooves one to figure out those rules, so as to avoid a parking ticket, or having to pay the full price for a day’s parking when you’ve only been there a short time. I respectfully wish that people could find something else to write about other than parking in York City. It’s a city, and like all other cities, there may be parking issues.

  2. Maria says:

    It doesn’t seem odd if you have seen these types of options in bigger cities like Philly. It isn’t meant to get the ticket as you drive in. You can park, get your ticket and display it. Knowing the time it expires, you can go back to the kiosk and print a new one and throw out the first one, no need to drive up, no need to guess how much your parking bill will be on the way out.

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