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.