WASHINGTON – Last year, drivers made more than 175,000 calls to the D.C. Department of Transportation to report broken parking meters, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.
That was 82 percent of all service requests DDOT received.
But what many drivers don’t know is that if they report a broken meter, they can still get a ticket. One piece of advice: make sure to get a confirmation number when making the call as it should help get a ticket dismissed.
But DDOT is trying to move away from the old coin-operated meters, installing boxes where parkers pay to get a ticket they place on the dashboard of their car. These are known as multi-space meters.
Another option is Parkmobile, which allows people to pay for a spot over the phone or with a smartphone app.
While broken meters are the most common complaint, DDOT says at any given time 99 percent of D.C.’s 17,000 meters are working.