NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has introduced legislation that would require the city to reprogram Muni Meters to avoid some of the annoying situations drivers often face.
“They run out of paper and then you have to walk all the way down to the next one and then that’s broken and you have to walk across the street to find a meter that’s working and by the time you get back there a ticket already on your car,” Midwood, Brooklyn business owner Steven Kazan told CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer on Wednesday.
Currently, if a driver deposits cash into a Muni Meter when payment isn’t required, there’s no way to get a refund.
“Require that all Muni Meters automatically shut off and stop accepting money when drivers are not required to pay at that spot,” Quinn told reporters, including WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb. “The legislation will require Muni Meters to be reprogrammed so they turn off and don’t accept money when they are out of paper.”
“We shouldn’t be taking people’s money when they make mistakes and it’s a very simple fix,” she added. “It’s frustrating, it’s the kind of thing that makes people mad at the government.”