Houston Gets Tough on Parking

Houston has new parking meter rules — sort of.
No more feeding the meters when your time has expired.
But what most people don’t realize is that has always been the rule — and now it’ll be more vigorously enforced.
Laurie Johnson reports.

You’re not supposed to feed the parking meter. If there’s a two-hour time limit, that really is the limit. Some meters have four, six, eight-hour time limits. Whatever the amount, you’re supposed to stick to it.

City of Houston Parking Director Liliana Rambo says the law hasn’t changed.

“The only thing that we did was just update the language and clarify the language. So there was — it’s always been on the books — there was nothing new that was passed.”

Under the old language, it was a bit confusing. It was possible to read into it that feeding the meter was ok, as long as you didn’t let the time expire. The new language removes any doubt.

“It’s to be able to provide the turn-over, it’s to be able to help businesses. It’s to be able to help people that come and are looking for a short-term parking space to be able to just go in, take care of your business, and drive back out.”

But let’s face it, Houston drivers often have a bit of a rebellious streak.

“When someone needs a long-term parking space, they should either go and park in a parking lot or a parking garage or somewhere that allows for long-term parking spaces.”

And if you’re tempted to test the system, remember meter maids have probably marked or flagged your vehicle in some way.

Laurie Johnson. KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.


Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson


Laurie is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Laurie has covered a wide variety of topics for HPM, including the crash of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and numerous elections. She is a frequent contributor to NPR and has been...

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