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Emory to Step Up Parking Patrol

For the student who usually gets away with illegally parking on campus while running in to grab a quick meal at the Dobbs University Center (DUC), prepare to be ousted.
The Emory Transportation and Parking Office will introduce an automated license plate recognition software during this semester, allowing employees to check that all vehicles in a parking lot have a validated parking permit within a matter of minutes.

Associate Vice President of Transportation, Parking and Community Services Lisa Underwood said that while all other parking rules and regulations will not change, the automatic registration technology increases efficiency for enforcement staff patrols on campus.

The only change is that once the new system is operational, the enforcement team will not have to manually key the license plate into the system to check and be sure a vehicle is permitted and registered properly, she said. The license plate recognition system will do that part automatically and will automatically query the registration system to check that vehicles are registered and permitted.

Underwood added that the University is still unsure of the timeline for when the changes will be implemented in the parking decks.

She said that officials are working closely with the vendors, but she said that she expects the automated licensing system will be operational within all the parking decks within the next couple of months.

We dont want to issue citations in error, so we are urging everyone to go online to be sure all vehicles belonging to the permit holder, even vehicles they drive infrequently, are properly and completely registered including license plate numbers, Underwood said in an Aug. 29 University press release.

Underwood stressed that for the systems effectiveness, drivers must pull their vehicles into parking spaces rather than backing into these spaces, unless the vehicle is licensed in a state requiring both front and rear plates.

College junior Ernest Brown recognized the efficiency of the new system but said he sympathized with the people who are in a rush and are just trying to park on campus momentarily.

Other students said they welcome the change because it means that those who paid for the parking spaces are the ones who can park on the deck.

B-School junior Bismah Rahmat said car space is hard to come by.

She said it is particularly irritating after frustrating mornings when she ends up 15 minutes late to class because all the parking spots have been filled.

Maybe it will be less full and people with passes wont have trouble finding spots, but at the same time Im not sure how fair or necessary it is to enforce this when students are getting steep fines for small parking offenses anyway, she said.

According to the press release, the Transportation and Parking Office announced that employee parking permits will be renewed for the 2011-2012 fiscal year for those who continue to park on campus.

The 2011-2012 parking fee will be payroll-deducted each month.

For those who no longer want to park on campus or wish to use a transportation alternative, the Office requests that these drivers return their parking permits to the Transportation and Parking Office located on the Clairmont campus.
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