LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A bill that would prohibit cities from ticketing cars parked at broken meters passed the state Assembly on Thursday and is headed for the Senate.

Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-43) told KNX 1070 that Assembly Bill 61, which would prohibit cities and counties from banning parking at broken meters and prevent them from ticketing meters that were not in working order, “is an issue of simple fairness.”

“It’s kind of outrageous to ticket a motorist when a city hasn’t kept its end of the bargain, which is to keep the meter in working order,” said Gatto.

Gatto went on to explain that the drivers would still only be allowed to park in the space for the amount of time allotted by the meter, whether it is in working order or not.

Asked about the revenue that comes to the city from citations, Gatto said that fixing the meter is the best solution.

“Keep that meter in working order and I’m sure these cities will get the revenue just as well,” he said.


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