Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

Parking Lot Crashes Up in Vancouver

In Vancouver, CTV Vancouver reports that the annual number of auto collisions has increased slightly in the last 13 years, but the percentage of auto collisions that occur in parking lots has increased greatly. Between 1996 and 2013, the number … Continue reading

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Truckers Need Parking, Too

Every once in awhile, an untapped market rears its head. According to ozarksfirst.com, Arkansas truckers are complaining that they don’t have enough parking. The truckers are required to rest for 10 hours to every 11 they drive, but some say … Continue reading

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CBS LA Goes After Handicapped Fraud

Handicapped placard fraud is going on everywhere and all the time, but enforcement is only sporadic at best. According to losangeles.cbslocal.com, a recent CBSLA investigation showed scammers are actually selling handicapped placards on Craigslist. The sting showed that some of … Continue reading

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Credit Card Capabilities Double Revenue in Minneapolis

According to vita.mn, Minneapolis has doubled its meter revenue since the implementation of credit card capable meters in 2010. Profits have gone from $4.6 million to $8.7 million. This is good news on several levels, report city officials, because the … Continue reading

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Old Traditions Die Hard

One of the oldest and most often used tactics in sales is to employ a woman in a bikini. A short skirt will do just as well. It’s safe to say we’ve reached a place in history where this gimmick … Continue reading

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Multitasking Parking

In Denver, Colorado, a company called Flight Car is striking up an interesting bargain with its customers. They can park for free if Flight Car can rent out their vehicles while they’re away. According to 9news.com: Flight Car offers customers … Continue reading

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Cheaters Sometimes Prosper

In the wealthy town of Aspen, Colorado there are still people who find themselves short of money. So short, in fact, they found a way to cheat parking meters so they could get parking for free. They had lots of … Continue reading

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Meter Prank Sets Off Parking Discussion in Small Town

In the tiny two-stoplight town of Winters, Calif., an April Fool’s Day trick has inspired public debate on the subject of parking. Some prankster put up a working parking meter in front of a local business, and a few residents … Continue reading

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The Show is Going On

Parking Today’s talented team is toiling away today at Day 3 of the Parking Industry Exhibition. While not everybody could make it to the trade show, including myself, there are ways to access the helpful information PIE presenters are sharing. … Continue reading

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Customize Parking Options Whenever Possible

A parking plan for two cities in coastal England is drawing mixed reviews. According to www.telegraph.co.uk, leaders in Brighton and Hove are considering reducing parking prices on rainy days in hopes that the discount will draw more visitors. So far, … Continue reading

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