Parking meters fall back too soon

October 29, 2007|By LIZ F. KAY

The end of daylight-saving time mistakenly came a week early for some Baltimore parking meters, officials said yesterday, causing some people to get tickets.

Drivers who received parking tickets yesterday because of incorrectly programmed Easy Park meters can have them abated, said Baltimore Parking Authority Executive Director Pete Little.

The machines had not been adjusted when the federal government changed the dates for daylight-saving time, he said. A parking enforcement supervisor contacted a Parking Authority manager about the problem, Little said, and the machines were reprogrammed remotely from a central computer.

Most of the city's parking meters don't operate on Sundays, but those in entertainment venues such as the Inner Harbor and Harbor East areas are active, he said.

To get a ticket abated because of the glitch, drivers can contact either the Parking Authority at 443-573-2800 or parking enforcement at the city Department of Transportation at 410-396-4080.

Daylight-saving time ends at 2 a.m. next Sunday, when clocks are set back an hour.

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