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Disabled Parking Stickers: Abuse Skyrockets
Disabled Parking Stickers: Abuse Skyrockets

If you’re like me, you seethe beneath the surface every time you see an able-bodied person use a blue or red disabled parking placard to take up the best, closest parking space in the busiest section of town. Urrggg. Did you know that in California, one in ten drivers is now legally...Read More»

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Skirting The Law: Disabled Parking Abuse On The Rise

In cash-strapped California, scofflaws parking illegally by using disabled parking placards when they’re perfectly able-bodied are in for a rude awakening. Sting operations are cracking down on the abuse in various high-traffic areas of cities, including Beverly Hills, Westwood (UCLA campus)...Read More»

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Cash-Strapped Cities Hoping For More Income From Parking Buildings

Cities throughout the nation are facing budget issues and left scrambling for ways of increasing revenue. For some, that means turning a focus toward making more money from publicly owned parking structures or repurposing them for the changing needs of commuters who are affected by higher gas...Read More»

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Family Car Tip: Keeping Your Car Rodent-Free

It’s no laughing matter when hungry rodents – rats, squirrels, even raccoons – start chewing the wiring on the family car. Those burned by this expensive repair know that just having the wiring replaced doesn’t get rid of the problem. The critters often just come back...Read More»

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Automated Parking Garage Does Away With Valets--And Is Greener

You've probably heard plenty about valet parking attendants gone wild. But a new high-end parking structure that's part of a development in England has it solved: Automate the whole operation. Parking structures, as well as being an eyesore, are an inconvenience that many of us have to face on the...Read More»

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Hands Off, Crooks: Tips To Keep Car Thieves At Bay

The National Insurance Crime Bureau says that once every 20 seconds in the United States a vehicle is stolen — and that theft from vehicles occurs far more often than that. While conventional alarms, steering wheel locks, ignition cutoffs, vehicle tracking systems, and other anti-theft...Read More»

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Sad But True: Ticket Issued, But Illegal Parker Already Expired

Police in Queens, New York, might be a little more vigilant from now on about knocking on the window of any vehicle they can't see inside; they recently, according to reports, issued a parking ticket to the owner of a Jeep Cherokee—as the owner lay dead in the vehicle. The 21-year-old driver...Read More»

free parking  -  flickr user alancleaver_2000
Valet Parking Always A Little Risky: Tips To Minimize Mischief

Leaving your car with valet parking attendants? It's likely it will be responsibly parked, with the keys placed on a wall or in a drawer. But if you're not as lucky—or if you drive something irresistibly flashy like a Porsche 911 Turbo or a Lamborghini Gallardo—it could turn into a...Read More»

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Survey: Luxury-Car Drivers Feel Entitled To Park Illegally

Well, here's another reason to shoot a disdainful look at the guy in the shiny new luxury car even more as he jostles for an illegal parking space. Luxury-car owners (such as those of the BMW 7-Series or Mercedes-Benz M-Class) carry a feeling of invulnerability with respect to parking fines—and...Read More»

The 'Open Spot' app for Android
Parking Problems? Google Offers An App (And Good Karma) For That

For commuters and urbanites, we have good news, bad news, and good news. First, the good news: Google Labs has just launched an Android app that may help you find a parking space. The app is called Open Spot, and it allows users to pinpoint the location of any parking space that they're about to...Read More»

Baltimore parking meter  -  flickr user daquella_manera
In Some Cities: Feed The Parking Meter, Feed The Homeless

A city in Oregon just phased in a novel and effective way of raising money for the homeless: by funneling the change from its parking meters toward the effort. Through a so-called Change for Change program, Springfield, Oregon has gathered two-dozen meters and isn't officially charging anything for...Read More»

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BMW Debuts New Parking Assistant In 2011 5-Series

The parking-tech wars are escalating, as another new model can be equipped to almost park itself. The new 2011 BMW 5-Series is the first and only BMW at this time to offer the company's Parking Assistant feature at this time. Like Active Park Assist, offered in Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles...Read More»

Hybrid parking spot, by Flickr user rscottjones
2009's Best Green Posts: Urine! Muslims & Ethanol! Prius Perks!

G'wan, admit it. We say, "green car". You think, "Ugh, Toyota Prius," and look away. Oh, but there's so much more! And so much of it is just so darn ... weird. Consider, for example, the 10 most popular posts last year on our sister site GreenCarReports.com. The list includes a piece entitled...Read More»

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Study: Men Park Better Than Women (And VW Agrees)

Jokes about men's and women's driving abilities have fueled more stand-up routines than we care to remember, but a new study indicates that there may be some truth behind those yuks. Researchers in Germany put 65 men and women behind the wheel of an Audi A6 and tested them on head-on, reverse, and...Read More»

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Does The 2010 Lexus LS 600h Park Itself As Well As A Ford?

For several years Lexus has offered an Advanced Parking Guidance System (APGS; also called Intelligent Parking Assist) option on its Lexus LS 460 and Lexus LS 600h, and the same system is offered in the 2010 Toyota Prius. The Lexus/Toyota system was, and still is, the first and only system in the...Read More»

Car Finder app for iPhone
Just In Time For Shopping Season: Car Finder For The iPhone

Here at TCC, we cover a lot of applications for mobile devices, and at the risk of sounding like shills for Apple, we've stumbled across another one that could come in handy -- especially for mall mavens during the coming holiday season. The app is called "Car Finder", and it's designed to help...Read More»

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Coming Soon To A Parking Spot Near You: Market Pricing?

A number of cities large and small are coming around to think of public parking spaces not as a subsidized right but a privilege worth a fee—more specifically, a sliding fee, depending on the demand for a particular spot. As the LA Times reports, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C...Read More»

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Video: Retractable Fifth Wheel For Urban Parking

For drivers in congested urban areas, nothing is quite as frustrating as finding a parking spot. Yes, traffic is a hassle, and the countless construction detours inspire unprecedented levels of road-rage, but finding that elusive spot on your block or just around the corner is by far the biggest...Read More»

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Free Parking Is Apparently Anything But Free

In The High Cost of Free Parking, Donald Shoup breaks down the real expense of free lots and garages (e.g. the kind at malls) and finds that they frequently run five figures per parking space. Developers may pay for it up front, but the public pays in terms of air quality, a rise in commercial...Read More»

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