Should Berkeley have a kinder parking ticket policy?

Should you be able to talk your way out of a parking ticket?

Kriss Worthington wants Berkeley to have a kinder, gentler ticketing policy.

If you park in a red zone or in a disabled space, you deserve no mercy, said Councilmember Worthington, whose district covers the Telegraph Avenue corridor. But if you encounter a meter maid writing you a ticket, you should be able to talk him or her into ripping it up.

“If you show up and you are going to move your vehicle, which is the goal in the first place, the police shouldn’t be forced to finish writing you a ticket when you are standing there mad at them,” said Worthington, who rarely drives a car and can been seen riding his bike all around town.

Worthington will ask the City Council on Tuesday to reconsider the city’s ticketing policy.

Berkeley’s existing parking laws are actually designed to encourage turnover. The idea is to have enough vacant spaces so there is room to park when people come to shop or run errands, said Worthington. That’s why it is not legal to “feed the meter.”

“The point of the meters is to create turnover,” said Worthington. “It is not designed for an employee to walk out of the store and feed a meter every hour.”

But if you are intending to move your car – and create turnover – and are just a few minutes late, you shouldn’t get penalized for this.

“I don’t see it as breaking the social code if you are late two minutes,” he said. “If you are a half-hour late, that is different.”

Complicating matters is the fact that Berkeley has three kind of parking meters. Those handing out tickets can actually rip them up at the old kind of meters, but not the newer electronic meters, he said.

“My main goal is to end confusion and get clarity,” said Worthington.

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  • Cherrie

    Now let’s talk about mindful versus gouging our own community in a unsociable style. Parking rules and regulations take the joy out of moving around the City…I for one do not like being nickel and dimed, yet we have no Public transit in the hills to support a different lifestyle. Today as I sent my ticket in for Administrative Review to Irvine CA I ask myself,  what is this about,…a big business created out of penalizing our own community.

    (Parked at the High School at 8:30 pm to support a school play by dropping off baked goods. Half my car was in a designated Red zone that wasn’t obvious to me in the dark.)

  • Fred

    Still no, not any reliable convenient transit in the Hills, Sorry I lacked foresight years ago when I bought my home as a somewhat newcomer to Berkeley. But in those days the #8 existed.
    Still dreaming of a cable/pulley ski lift kind of tram to go up LaLoma. I don’t mind going down but biking up, it ain’t easy!

  • cherrie

    yeah, well I gave up my iPhone

  • Cherrie

    Get rid of all the meters get over it! If there is no place to park, so be it..we will figure out a different solution rather than receiving a spanking for not being attached to a time clock.

    When I go shopping or out to eat I consider this my down time and running by a clock isn’t great for digestive system

  • I had one of the COB finest meter maids throw a ticket into the baby carriage on the curb while I was trying to park the car with the infant inside the car. These people are poorly trained and ruthless. Also the office personnel are very nasty, and they treat customers with contempt as if parking fees went directly into their wallets? Why is their parking citations center in Irvine?