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August 10, 2007


Allison  Nutting

Today i was putting coins into meters that i noticed were low on minutes. I filmed myself doing so as it was part of my art project. The meter maids told me it was illegal to put quarters into a meter of a car that is not yours. Is this true?

Erik Feder - The Parking Expert

Hi Allison,

Thanks for your great question. Yes, believe it or not, this random act of kindness is in fact illegal. It is considered "Obstructing official business". Why, you ask? Because the City could ticket those cars and believe me Boston parking ticket revenue is big business, just as NYC parking ticket revenue and parking ticket revenue in other big cities is a huge money maker, too.

So they don't want you randomly putting quarters in meters for other people's cars because by doing so, the City is potentially losing money. Similarly, you also aren't supposed to park in someone else's metered spot if there's time left on the meter that they paid for. Another tricky rule is that if the parking regulation allows for a specific amount of time (say 1 hour), you are not allowed to feed the meter at the end of that hour. You can't stay longer than the time allowed on the sign.

They don't make it easy, do they?

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