Q: Does the Authority offer payment plans?
A: Yes. The Authority allows payment plans for those who have 5 or more parking tickets. To start this process 20% of the total ticket penalty must be paid as the initial payment. The a minimum of $25 every two weeks must be paid. Payment plans must be done at the Reading Parking Authority officer at 613 Franklin Street Reading PA 19602. An agreement form must be filled out with all the pertinent information and terms with the owner of the vehicle.
Q: How To Park Correctly at a Meter?
A: First make sure you are parked within the meter space. Envision a line extending out from each meter into the street. There is twenty feet of space between each meter. This is the space within which to park. A safe rule is to keep the meter roughly two to three feet in front of the front bumper. Also be sure to feed the correct meter. See the diagram below for a visual reference.
Q: How Do I Park Correctly at a Meter with Two Heads?
A: First, envision a line extending out into the street from the meter pole. There is twenty feet allocated for each meter. In the case of a double meter pole the space between the meter poles is forty feet. You will have to visualize the midpoint between the meters. If you park with the double meter at the rear of your car feed the meter at your rear bumper. A safe rule is to keep the meter pole two or three feet behind your rear bumper. If you park with the double meter at the front of your car feed the meter at your front bumper. A safe rule is to keep the meter pole two or three feet in front of your front bumper. See the diagram below for a visual reference.
Q: Why did I get a ticket when I fed the meter next to my car???
A: When parking at a meter your vehicle may only occupy the space for that meter. It is okay to occupy more than one metered space however, time must be placed on the meters that govern those spaces. See the diagram below for a visual reference. The car is parked in two metered spaces and is responsible for placing time on the meters indicated by the green check mark. In this case the vehicle could be issued a ticket for not placing time on the second meter.