Oklahoma City, where parking meters began, modernises system

2017-10-29 09:55


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Oklahoma City - 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 computerised 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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