Seems the city of Scranton, PA, has had a problem. They had a requirement that the parking rules be enforced for 10 hours a day, from 8 to 6. Fair enough.
However the local enforcement staff only works 8 hours a day so they enforced from 8:30-4:30. After all, they didn’t have the funding to cover the entire 8 hours.
Enter the private sector. Republic Parking took over the adjudication of parking rules in Scranton this past year and low and behold, they decided to follow the rules. They staggered the shifts so that the entire 8-6 period was covered.
The city has been loosing two hours (or 20%) of citations and some meter revenue a day, since the savvy local parkers understood that enforcement didn’t begin until 8:30 and stopped at 4:30.
The city says that it’s impossible to determine how much money was lost since they started charging for parking in 1987. Hmmmmm. I wonder what would happen if you simply figured the amount of revenue collected during the “off” hours now that the private sector is running things and the did a little simple math.
If a government body doesn’t see that there is commercial interest in collecting fees and fines, then they simply don’t see a reason to be efficient in doing it. Private companies understand that if you are owed money, you need to collect it.