Students May Park in Faculty/Staff Spaces during Exams.
Students must park in the areas prescribed by the parking regulations and by their decal classification at all times.
Freshmen May Park at the Residence Halls During the Last Week of the Semester.
Freshmen must park in the freshman lots at all times except for those listed in the parking regulations (see freshmen parking in the Parking Regulations) and at times when notice comes from the Parking Services Office that freshman parking at the residence hall is allowed.
Handicapped Spaces May be Used for Unloading.
This is a violation of state law. This violation also has implications for the University compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Handicapped space violations are strictly enforced.
Fire Lanes, No Parking Zones, and Driveways May be Used for Unloading
Unless the areas are marked with temporary loading zone signs as they are for the first few days of a semester, these areas may not be used for unloading or parking.
Turning on Hazard Lights Allows a Motorist to Park Illegally for a Short Time.
Hazard lights do not negate illegal parking and tend to attract enforcement officers.
When classes are not in session, the parking rules are not enforced.
Even when classes are not in session, such as during Fall Break, Spring Break, Advising Day, or a semester break, there are still many University offices that are open and conducting business. The parking rules must be enforced during these periods in order to provide parking for the faculty, staff, and others who must park to conduct business.
Parking fines and vehicle registration fees are used to purchase new police patrol cars.
Police patrol vehicles are provided by the Office of Motor Fleet Management in Raleigh and are replaced by that office when they reach 110,000 miles. We are required to pay for mileage on the vehicles.
There are more parking decals sold than there are parking spaces on campus.
This statement is true, but many of the vehicles registered on campus are not here all the time. Some students may only be on campus for an hour or two a day. Some are not here at all on some days. Selling decals on a one-per-space basis is a wasteful use of parking resources. This practice would mean that many students, staff, and faculty would not be given the opportunity to purchase a decal so they could park on campus even when there would be a number of available spaces. Also, this practice would amount to "reserved parking" and require a much higher fee for parking than is currently charged.
A recent study by a parking consultant found that even during peak times on campus, there is still a surplus of parking spaces.
A system of selling no more decals than spaces available was tried in the mid-1970s. It was very unpopular. Administrators found that the people who were denied a permit just parked on campus without one and received many citations.
There University has a major parking problem since there is not enough parking on campus.
There are always parking spaces available on campus, although they may not be as convenient as a motorist might like. To date, parking has always available in the baseball field lot. Parking is usually available in the Creek lot. We invite anyone to look at those areas during peak times to confirm that there are spaces available. All of campus is serviced by the Cat-Tran shuttle bus during class hours. Therefore, transportation around campus is available to those who park in the outlying lots.
If I do not register my vehicle, no one will know that I am a student, faculty, or staff member and I will not have to pay for the tickets.
This assumption is costly. There are a number of ways that the parking staff can track the owner of a vehicle including wheel-locking and towing. A vehicle that has outstanding tickets may be impounded until the owner is identified and the tickets paid.
Parking Services Officers issue too many tickets.
Since tickets are only issued to illegally parked vehicles, the number of tickets issued is based on the number of illegally parked vehicles on campus. There has actually been a decrease in the number of tickets issued in recent years.
Parking Services Officers are not conscientious about enforcement or are inconsistent in enforcement.
The goal of the Parking Services Office staff is to manage parking on campus and there are a number of approaches that are used to achieve this goal. Enforcement is one approach that is used. Parking Service Officers strive to be highly visible when conducting enforcement activities so that they may also serve as a deterrent to illegal parking. Due to the small size of the staff, these officers cannot be at every location where there are parking violations. Unfortunately, this sometimes create the perception of inconsistency in enforcement.
Only one citation can be issued within 24 hours.
In situations where spaces are time-limited or designated for short-term parking, multiple citations may be issued. In addition, multiple citations may be issued when a vehicle is committing a gross parking violation or when a vehicle is illegally parked in another space or moved and illegally returned to the same space. Also, if there multiple violations, more than one ticket may be issued.
If my vehicle is broke down, I will not have to pay for tickets.
An illegally parked vehicle that is disabled for whatever reason violates the rights of other motorists who are eligible to use that particular space. For this reason, the operator of the vehicle must take prompt action to correct problem and move the vehicle to a legal space. The Parking Services Office staff can assist with citations received during the first 24 hours a vehicle is disabled when appropriate. After 24 hours, the vehicle must be moved or the operator will be responsible for citations or tow fee (see Disabled, Abandoned, or Derelict Vehicles in the Parking Regulations).
The University is "getting rich" off of the fines from parking tickets.
According to the North Carolina state constitution, all fines collected by state and local agencies must go to the local school district. The Parking Services Office is allowed to keep only a very small portion of the fines collected to offset some of the administrative costs associated with enforcement. The cost to the University for conducting parking enforcement activities far exceeds the small amount of fines that the University may keep for administrative costs.
If I withdraw from the University, I do not have to pay any outstanding parking fines I have.
Any fee or fine, regardless of the type, that is owed the University is considered a debt owed to the State of North Carolina. The "Debt Set-Off" Act requires the University to make efforts to collect the debt including placing a hold on a student's transcript, filing a withholding notice for funds from a person's state income tax refund through the North Carolina Attorney General's Office, or employing a collection agency. Also, individuals who owe debts to the State of North Carolina may not be employed as a state employee.
If I am not a member of the University community, then the parking rules do not apply to me.
All of the University's rules, including parking rules, apply to all individuals who are on campus. If a person is a visitor to campus, the Parking Services Office staff will try to accommodate the person's parking needs. However, flagrant parking violations are not ignored or excused.