Seattle parking meters unable to accept credit cards

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by LINDA BRILL / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on June 7, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 7 at 5:39 PM

SEATTLE -- A glitch in Seattle's parking meters over the last week has left several drivers frustrated and pleading with parking officials for leniency.

Parking meters that normally take credit cards for payments are sporadically unable to connect, preventing drivers from paying.

The parking meters experiencing problems have been identified on Capitol Hill, First Hill, Belltown, Downtown and the U-District. 

Many drivers are leaving notes on their cars to parking officers, explaining they were unable to pay.

The city has told parking officers to be lenient and use their own judgment when giving tickets in those neighborhoods.

According to the City of Seattle, the cellular company that provides service to the pay stations has a weak signal. Therefore, the meter can't always connect with the credit card company to approve a charge.

No notices have been put up on the meters. The city has known about the problem for a week.

 

 

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