2 Investigates: Company issues private parking tickets despite warning to stop

2 investigates : KTVU2News – excerpt

EMERYVILLE, Calif. (KTVU) — 2 Investigates exposed a Canadian company issuing its own parking tickets at an Emeryville lot, despite warnings from the city that private businesses are not legally allowed to give citations. Impark, which operates lots across North America, argues that the company-issued ticketsare not technically citations, but “notices” of a debt owed to the corporation by drivers who violate their parking terms or overstay their meters.

Frustrated customers contacted 2 Investigates after receiving $60 tickets from Impark at a metered, privately-owned parking lot near Emeryville’s Bay Street shopping district. The so-called E-meter lot is located underneath the main parking structure east of Bay Street, which is accessible from Christie Avenue. The upper levels of the lot require drivers to take a ticket from an automated machine, drive through a barrier gate, and pay parking fees upon exiting. But the E-meter lot, located in a loading zone beneath the main structure, does not offer drivers timed parking slips. Instead, drivers who park there pay coin-only meters.

Impark’s spokesman said the company was hired to enforce parking regulations in the structure by Bay Street’s property management company, Madison Marquette.

Overstepping legal bounds?

Impark said that when drivers who park at the lots they manage overstay the meter time or don’t pay at all, the company issues a “notice for payment.” The company insists the demand for money is not a citation. But Emeryville’s City Attorney Michael Biddle disagreed. He told 2 Investigates that the company appears to be overstepping its legal bounds…. (more)

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