Pittsburgh's new parking meter system, requiring that license-plate numbers be entered to pay, is discriminatory against some of the population and intrusive on everyone's personal liberties.
First, about 10 percent of the population in English-speaking countries is dyslexic. If an individual gets a parking ticket for inverting or not remembering the correct letters or numbers, does that person have to go to court to have the fine removed? That individual has to take time off to attend court or pay the fine. What is wrong with paying for a parking receipt and putting it in your vehicle's window?
Second, the government, even more so, will have the ability to track your movements. That soon might be expanded to track you up to 10 p.m. It is bad enough that the government keeps tabs on your cellphone calls; to expand this to parking is even more prying into our private lives.
This is going to force more people to go to places that have parking spaces that are unregulated. If the 10 p.m. law takes effect, it will kill businesses, theater venues and nightlife Downtown and in the neighborhoods.
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