Next time you park downtown on F Street longer than the two hour limit on the signs, it’s likely you won’t come back to find your tires marked and a ticket on your windshield. The City of Salida is currently reviewing its ticket regulation program based on recent court changes surrounding tire chalking. According to reporting by the Associated Press, the court ruling in question has to do with a Fourth Amendment ban on searches.
Drew Nelson, the city administrator, explained in an email Wednesday, that the city was consulting with the city attorney on “our parking regulation program due to yesterday’s appellate court ruling.”
In the April 22 article headlined, “A win for people who park too long: Tire marking thrown out,” the AP described how a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals made a ruling that marking tires for being parked in a space too long was unconstitutional.
“The purpose of marking tires was to ‘raise revenue,’ not to protect the public against a safety risk, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said,” the AP article reads. The decision made new standards for several states, including Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
“The decision, while undoubtedly bringing joy to parking scofflaws everywhere, could cost some cities money, either from lost revenue or having to install meters where none exist,” read an article in The Denver Post, noting that “Chalking tires for parking enforcement ruled unconstitutional by the federal appeals court.”
Further information on the appellate court decision can be found at the links below for both the AP and Denver Post articles cited.
“A win for people who park too long: Tire marking thrown out” — www.apnews.com/10e71aa249da4c9eaf8fd94d50b16b5f
“Chalking tires for parking enforcement ruled unconstitutional by federal appeals court” — www.denverpost.com/2019/04/22/chalking-tires-parking-enforcement-unconstitutional