If you thought parking couldn’t get any worse in the Los Angeles area, think again. Thanks to newly installed “smart” parking meters, which wipe away any unused time, motorists in Santa Monica will no longer be able to squeeze into spots paid for by the previous inhabitant. They will also not be able to keep feeding the meters in an effort to avoid moving their cars.
On Monday, the city began installing thousands of new parking meters that can actually sense when one car leaves and another arrives. The new meters reset to zero after a car vacates, preventing the next driver from receiving any left over time. What happens to the unused funds? No, consumers are not reimbursed.