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Parking tickets are ‘terrorising’ business owners in ‘dying’ town centre

The companies have been hit with charges after failing to follow confusing rules around loading and unloading goods. Businesses are able to load and unload before 10:30 am and after 4:30 pm on the busy Newmarket Street.

“It’s common sense when people are parked outside their businesses, it’s the only way they can operate.”

Zoe Hunter, co-owner of food business They Bake has also been hit with penalties for unloading stock.

She said they had asked how to get a permit but the attendant did not help.

Ms Hunter said businesses have been “a bit shocked” because many had suddenly started receiving tickets.

The permit states drivers must not be used during the day between 10:30 am and 4:30 pm.

Drivers can apply for a permit by contacting South Ayrshire Council Customer Services team.

Speaking to the Daily Express, the ARA said a public consultation will soon be launched to look at parking in the area.

They said: “The current rules for the use of loading bays on High Street, Ayr are very clear and are enforced to ensure that drivers comply with the rules and that the bays can be used appropriately.

“The loading bays are for the use of goods vehicles that are loading/ unloading items or for the delivery or collection of goods from nearby premises.

“The loading bays can be used in this manner for up to 30 minutes so long as there is evidence of loading or unloading taking place.

“Ayrshire Roads Alliance parking attendants are not ‘terrorising’ residents, they are doing the job that they are employed and instructed to do.

“Parking attendants, like all employees, have a right to work without fear of violence or verbal abuse. The Alliance will continue to take action, where appropriate, to protect our employees.

“South Ayrshire Council is currently holding a public consultation exercise that outlines a range of proposals for parking in Ayr and any decisions taken by the Council will be fully implemented by the Ayrshire Roads Alliance.”

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Pavement parking: Residents set to back changes as they are ‘fed up’ with blocked paths

Residents in West Norfolk have attacked drivers who stop on the side of the path which leaves locals forced to “walk in the road”. One local from Dersingham village near Kings Lynn said she fears “cars could come along” the road when they are on it avoiding parked traffic.

It could see road users issued a £70 fine for stopping their vehicles half on and half off the kerbs if the rule is passed.

The move is set to be backed by many residents in villages and towns after a surge of parking complaints from residents.

Sarah Bristow, the Parish Clerk for Dersingham Parish Council said she had received comments about a range of parking problems near the coast.

However, she confirmed no formal complaints have been received meaning officials may not be aware of the problem.

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The Parking Garage of the Future

Entrepreneurs envision a “mobility hub” that can save you a spot, help with dinner reservations and offer a place to plug in an E.V. Yes, apps are involved.

Consider all the uses that most drivers usually associate with a parking garage:

1. Parking.

That’s about it.

Consider also, however, if one could deploy a smartphone or another device not only to find the garage on a maps app but also to ensure that on this rainy night a space is vacant and can be reserved. This is a good thing, because next to the blocklong parking facility is a concert hall, where Billie Eilish will be performing in an hour. Need a ticket for the show? The garage’s app can help with that, too. A dinner reservation? Sure.

Just a parking garage? Inventive entrepreneurs conceive of it as a “mobility hub” or “silo,” fashioned with whole lot of advanced software and hardware technology around a mantra that goes something like this: “Seamless, frictionless, touchless.” It’s a concept that has evolved in the past year because of the pandemic, and it’s likely to keep evolving.

The owners of FlashParking, a company in Austin, Texas, that provides software and hardware for garages, see the future of driving — and, not coincidentally, parking — as a digitally centered platform that, in a very broad (and rather utopian) sense, could relieve congestion, pollution, anxiety and a few other things. Among their ideas is to move vehicles that do a lot of cruising around or idling — like those on Uber shifts and Amazon, FedEx and UPS trucks — into a restful parking spot in a “silo” equipped with a restroom and a food truck.

“You only got to run in and deliver two packages?” asked Flash’s marketing executive, Neil Golson. “I got a spot for 15 minutes, and here’s a special price. That’s the evolution we’re enabling: Get people off the street and into the lot.”

Flash’s chief executive, Dan Sharplin, called parking today “an accidental experience.”

“You’re driving in town to do something, and then looking for parking,” he said. “But our view is there will be very few accidental drivers in the future. And that these parking assets” — garages — “can be converted into a dynamic hub of a broad network and connected in a digital fashion through consumer-facing apps. It only works if you reach the consumer where he lives today: on his phone.”

Mr. Sharplin’s organization, which he describes as SaaS — software as a service — needs partners. In fact, Flash doesn’t own the garages or the thousands of other parking locations across the country that it supplies, he said.

“But,” Mr. Golson added, “we do own the infrastructure: the hardware that makes the gates go up and down, the scooters, the E.V. charging stations.”

Andy Zalkin for The New York Times
Andy Zalkin for The New York Times

And there are other partners in the mix: the automakers. Flash is working with more than a dozen of them to integrate parking apps, Mr. Golson said. “But they’re not necessarily the ones creating the tech,” he added. “We want to be at the table as the parking adviser, alongside Google and Amazon and Uber.”

Many garages that SP Plus, a Chicago-based company, manages across the country employ hands-free systems at the gates and mobile payments “to create a touchless experience,” said Jeff Eckerling, the company’s chief growth officer. Overall, the company oversees “upwards of two million” parking spaces in several thousand locations, including more than 70 airports, he said.

Despite the touchless technology, stay-at-home restrictions that were mandated more than a year ago because of the coronavirus wreaked havoc on the parking garage business. An empty parking spot is like a subway car without riders, a baseball stadium without fans.

“Our whole industry was hit very hard, from hotels to airports to event venues,” Mr. Eckerling said.

Not surprisingly, he said, New York City was among the first cities where parking recovered. “If you go back four months, we were almost at pre-Covid levels,” he added. “So many workers had been taking mass transit, but it takes only a small number going back to the office and driving that creates a real win for our business.”

The history of the parking garage in the United States isn’t particularly romantic. Most reports date the earliest public garages to the early 1930s, around the time that car ownership began to expand. Car “jockeys” handled the affair, and cars were often placed on platforms and shuttled to available spaces.

By the ’50s, a building boom had filled downtowns with garages, giving people more convenient access to shopping and businesses. The mid-20th century also brought the introduction of multistory garages with ramps and “do-it-yourself” parking.

Some pieces of the Flash vision were in effect recently in Hoboken, N.J., where the company has teamed up with LAZ Parking at one of its garages. High-tech cameras at the two entrances are programmed to read license plates to identify cars whose drivers may have prepaid online, or have a monthly residential contract, or want only an hourly ticket. (No need to pull one from a machine; just wave at a screen and the ticket is dispensed.)

If the plate is obscured, the camera can recognize the car by a “signature”: a mark or a dent or a sticker.

The collaboration between LAZ Parking and FlashParking allows for digital management of the garage’s 1,440 spaces.
Andy Zalkin for The New York Times

Part of the lower floor held some rental vehicles, since Avis maintains an operation in the garage. (Many garages work with the car-sharing company Zipcar and similar services to store vehicles and electric scooters.) And a fairly large open space on the ground floor was “parked” with a few dozen stationary bikes, part of a Soul Cycle franchise assembled like a pop-up inside the garage.

One of the keys to a garage’s economic success is turnover. “Managing inventory is critical here,” said Omar Perera, the general manager of the eight-story Hoboken garage and its 1,440 spots. “And because the data is in the cloud, I can manage it from my iPhone in my house.”

Mr. Perera periodically adjusts pricing, depending on supply and demand, he said.

There were no scooters or food trucks. And there weren’t charging stations for electric vehicles yet, although Mr. Perera assured me that they were coming. After one apparently desperate E.V. owner tried to charge his car by plugging into a conventional AC outlet on an upstairs floor, the outlets in the building were blocked. The garage of the future is still a work in progress.

Author: Stephen Williams
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Son shot while fighting with dad in Whole Foods parking lot, Fort Bend Co. deputies say

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — A man has been hospitalized and his father has been detained after authorities said a fight between them ended in a shooting in the parking lot of a Whole Foods Market.

A tweet from the Fort Bend County’s Precinct 3 Office states the shooting happened at 6600 S. Fry Road and the scene is secure.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said a man and his son got into some kind of fight in the parking lot outside the store before the son was shot in the neck. The father was detained at the scene and the son is in stable condition at Katy Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Residents who live nearby are asked to try to avoid the area during the investigation.

We’ll bring more information as it becomes available.

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3 shot in flea market parking lot in suspected road rage incident on Airline Drive in N. Harris Co.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — Three people were shot in the parking lot of a flea market Sunday night in north Harris County in what authorities believe was a suspected road rage incident.

The sheriff’s office called it a “random act of violence.”

Deputies responded to the 8700 block of Airline Drive near Gulf Bank Road, where Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in a tweet that three people had been shot.

According to an update from officials early Monday morning, a man driving in the parking lot fired several rounds.

Two of the people who were struck were transported to the hospital. All three victims are expected to survive.

The shooter is on the run, and there’s no description of his vehicle.

Police told ABC13 they are reviewing surveillance video.

This latest shooting on Airline makes eight shootings on Houston-area roadways in the past six days.

If you do find yourself in a road rage incident or dealing with aggressive drivers, TxDOT says there are things you can do to try to get out of the situation safely.

“Just don’t make any eye contact, don’t even look at the person. Just continue to move on. Just back away. Just maybe take another exit. Definitely call law enforcement if you feel threatened,” said Danny Perez with TxDOT.

TxDOT also said doing the following can help:

  • Stay calm. Keep your emotions in check.
  • Plan ahead and anticipate delays.
  • Focus on your own driving. Be cautious and considerate.
  • Avoid creating a situation that may cause provocation.
  • Give angry drivers plenty of room.
  • Avoid eye contact.
  • Use the left lane only when passing.
  • Use your horn sparingly.
  • Don’t tailgate or flash your lights behind someone.
  • Don’t yell obscenities or make inappropriate hand gestures, and don’t respond to drivers who do.
  • If you’re concerned for your safety, call 911.

How to survive dangerous road rage encounters

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Man dies from gunshot wound after being found in north Austin parking lot

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man died after being found in a north Austin apartment complex parking lot Wednesday morning, according to the Austin Police Department.

APD said around 6:48 a.m., Austin 911 got a report of a man down in the parking lot of the apartment complex located at 9036 North Lamar Boulevard. That’s in between West Rundberg Lane and Payton Gin Road.

Officers and Austin-Travis County EMS gave medical aid to the man, but efforts were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:07 a.m., according to APD.

The man has been identified as Hugo Geovany Martinez Morales, 35, police said.

An autopsy was done, and the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death to be a gunshot wound in the manner of homicide.

Detectives ask anyone with information or video of the shooting to call APD Homicide at (512) 974-TIPS.

They are looking to speak with anyone in the area who may have seen something suspicious in the late evening hours of June 15 or the early morning hours of June 16.

Austin police are asking for help solving the murder of Hugo Geovany Martinez Morales, 35, who was found shot in an apartment complex parking lot June 16, 2021 (APD Flyer)
Austin police are asking for help solving the murder of Hugo Geovany Martinez Morales, 35, who was found shot in an apartment complex parking lot June 16, 2021 (APD Flyer)

Up to $ 1,000 in reward money is being offering in return for information leading to an arrest of a suspect.

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Toddler’s accidental shooting led to father’s arrest

Toddler's accidental shooting led to father's arrest

Toddler’s accidental shooting led to father’s arrest in case of man killed in Marq-E parking lot.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A shocking connection was revealed in the murder of a 37-year-old man who was killed in front of his family on Easter Sunday at a west Houston entertainment complex.

A shell casing found in the parking lot and surveillance video from the Marq-E Entertainment Center played a role in helping investigators, but it was the suspect’s own son shooting himself four days later that ultimately led to his arrest.

On April 4, Miguel Vasquez was leaving the Dave and Buster’s at the entertainment center with his 10-year-old daughter when he was shot and killed. His daughter wasn’t harmed during the attack.

Nicholas Thomas, 23, has been charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting.

Prosecutors say Thomas may have targeted Vasquez for the watch he was wearing.

Thomas is seen on surveillance video approaching Vasquez, putting him in a chokehold, demanding his watch and shooting him, prosecutors say.

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The suspect got away after the shooting.

Vasquez ran for help to off-duty officers working security, but later died at a hospital. Authorities said they do not believe the suspect got away with anything.

In the days following the killing, police released a sketch of the suspect and video showing a white sedan leaving the parking lot at the time of the shooting.

Just four days after the Dave and Buster’s shooting, prosecutors say Thomas’ 3-year-old son got a hold of the same gun he used and shot himself.

Police were able to tie the bullet in that case to a shell casing located at the Dave and Buster’s deadly shooting.

Prosecutors say it wasn’t just that. They say surveillance video also tied Thomas to the scene.

“The vehicle that was seen in the surveillance video matched the vehicle that was registered to the defendant’s girlfriend’s mother, who stated that the girlfriend was the primary driver, and then found that this defendant was actually a primary driver as well,” officials read in court Wednesday.

Thomas’ attorney asked for his bond to be set at $ 30,000, but prosecutors didn’t want any bond at all.

Ultimately, the judge set his bond at $ 150,000.

Thomas is due back in court Friday.

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Parking, transportation to Q2 Stadium goes smoothly for most fans at USWNT match

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A nearly sold-out crowd was at Austin FC’s Q2 Stadium Wednesday night, welcoming the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team for the facility’s first-ever match.

This is also the first time we’re seeing how plans to get fans in and out of the stadium are working.

Fans KXAN spoke to on site Wednesday said the process was smooth, and that’s because many of them used off-site parking, shuttles or a rideshare service to get to the stadium.

Their advice ahead of Saturday’s Austin FC game: plan out your parking now, and get there two hours early.

“There are two new traffic lights that have gone up, which are going to be active [Wednesday] to mitigate impacts getting to and from the stadium on event days,” said Sara Henry with the City of Austin.

Austin Police Department officers managed traffic flow, and Q2 Stadium parking staff manned shuttles and transportation.

Fans cross the street after the U.S. Women's National Team match against Nigeria at Q2 Stadium (KXAN Photo/Clare O'Connor)
Fans cross the street after the U.S. Women’s National Team match against Nigeria at Q2 Stadium (KXAN Photo/Clare O’Connor)

The Murphys live near Circle C in southwest Austin. A park and ride would be two hours each way for them. So they paid $ 25 for a spot at the Domain.

“It’s about a mile, which is not that bad, it’s hot,” they said.

They used the Pavemint app which allows fans to claim one of 5,000 spots within a mile of the stadium for a price.

To use the app, you just put in the date and time of your game. Then it pulls up an available space with the location and price. The walk ranges from 10 to 30 minutes and costs roughly $ 35. Some local businesses and homes can also sell spots on the app.

“We would protect most of the spots for the tenets for our building to rent out,” said Dr. Johnny Franco, who owns a lot across the street.

He is considering renting out spaces, but other businesses have signs enforcing towing and fines.

Many fans like the Murphys are parking in designated spots, making the process smoother as they prepare to enjoy the game.

“We’re both big-time soccer fans. We’re very excited about Austin having their own program here in an Austin, we wish we were going to the Verde game. But this is an awesome opportunity for us as well,” they said.

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Woman accused of shooting man to death as they ate lunch in Pasadena parking lot

Woman accused of shooting man to death

PASADENA, Texas (KTRK) — Police are investigating a deadly shooting outside a workplace in Pasadena.

The shooting happened at the SBM business parking lot on Pasadena Boulevard near Pansy, around lunchtime on Tuesday.

Police say the man, who worked at SBM, was having lunch with a woman inside her car in the parking lot, and there was a small child in the back seat. It’s not clear what led up to the shooting, but officials say the man was shot multiple times in the chest.

The female suspect, we’re told by police, quickly drove off in her white SUV with that child still inside the vehicle. Witnesses say they saw people chasing after the woman, but she got away from the scene of the shooting.

Police attempted to pull the woman over, but she refused to stop, instead leading authorities on a chase that lasted for about seven minutes. It ended at Yellowstone and Preston, where police say that driver rammed another car.

The victim was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. His identity has not been released.

Police recovered a gun they say was used in the deadly shooting. They have not yet confirmed the relationship between the man, woman and child.

“There was a child in the vehicle, in the back seat, that was not injured,” said Pasadena police spokesperson Jessica Ramirez. “We do not know the relationship at this time.”

Police are interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance video.

At this time, officials have only said that the man and woman were both in their 30s. The child is in the custody of relatives.

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Did a Millionaire Fire His Bank Because It Did Not Validate Parking?

A well-loved urban legend has it that a shabbily-dressed man mistreated by an uppity clerk returns the next day to buy out the establishment for the sheer pleasure of firing the ill-mannered service person. It’s a tale that strikes a chord in all of us — who hasn’t indulged in exactly this fantasy when confronted by a snooty salesman whose manner implies we’re not good enough to be in his store, let alone have him bother to wait upon us? Moments like that make each of us want to reveal ourselves as millionaires in disguise, if only to turn the tables on the superior-acting one.

As far as we know, this legend has yet to come true. Although it’s an oft-told tale, we haven’t found a verifiable instance of a going concern’s being purchased by a rich man looking to fire the bugger who’d insulted him. However, all you aspiring millionaires-in-disguise take heart: at least one underdressed rich man did get even with a firm that failed to recognize both him and the reasonableness of his request.

Next time the sales clerk looks down his nose at you, tell him about John Barrier and the Washington State bank that refused to validate his parking.

John Barrier had done business with Old National Bank (now U.S. Bank) in Spokane, Washington, for 30 years. He’d made his money buying and refurbishing old buildings and was wearing his usual shabby clothes that day in October 1988 when he left his pickup truck in a nearby parking lot while he paid a visit to his broker, then cashed a check at the bank. The teller, however, took one look at his grubby clothes and refused to stamp the parking bill.

As a news story of the time read:

“She told me the bank only validated parking tickets when a customer made a transaction and that cashing a check wasn’t a transaction,” said Barrier. The millionaire said he asked the teller to call a bank manager, who also refused his request.

“He looked me up and down and stood back and gave me one of those kinds of looks,” said Barrier, turning up his nose to imitate the manager.

“I said, ‘Fine, you don’t need me and I don’t need you.’”

Barrier withdrew all his money and took it down the street to Seafirst Bank.

“The first check he brought me was for $ 1 million,” said Dennis Veter, vice president of Seafirst’s main Spokane branch. “You’d never know by looking at him, but you or I should be so lucky.”

As John Barrier said: “If you have $ 1 in a bank or $ 1 million, I think they owe you the courtesy of stamping your parking ticket.”

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