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Chapel Hill offers break on parking tickets

Posted June 29, 2009

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— The Town of Chapel Hill is giving visitors a break on parking.

Beginning July 1, the first violation at a parking meeting will result, not in a ticket and a fine, but in a “Courtesy Ticket.” Drivers can use a “Courtesy Ticket” to get one parking violation dismissed within a calendar year.

The “Courtesy Ticket” program will contribute to a more positive experience for those who shop or visit downtown Chapel Hill, the town said in a news release.

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  • tarheelalum Jun 30, 2009

    Odell...I don't understand your question. You need parking for all stores and restaurants downtown and there are only a few metered spots that are close at all. You can park far away in an unauthorized lot and walk...risking tickets of course. It's HORRIBLE!

  • odell Jun 30, 2009

    What stores/restaurants would you need parking for in downtown C.H.?

  • Stonewall Brigade Jun 30, 2009

    Notice that UNC is not issuing a warning ticket, because the guaranteed revenue stream to the campus is too important to give up. Park illegally at UNC Chapel Hill (basically anywhere) and you'll find yourself ticketed and towed, with a nearly $200 bill. If you're a student or a parent of a student at UNC, expect to see that $200 fee added to your student bill, temporarily blocking all ability to register for upcoming classes or dorm assignments, etc., until that greedy bill is paid.

    The town of Chapel Hill waits until its last downtown movie theater, The Varsity, closes for good, before doing something to promote the idea of available downtown parking. The Varsity Theater's owner attributed the lack of downtown parking as one major reason for his business failing to attract enough customers.

  • Dolphan Jun 30, 2009

    The parking woes in Chapel Hill are legendary. It's a cash cow for the city tax authorities..

  • VTHokie04 Jun 29, 2009

    Seems like you would have to find a parking spot first before getting a "Courtesy Ticket." And does this apply to football game weekends?

  • smitty Jun 29, 2009

    I got a $40 parking ticket in Chapel Hill once. No wonder Franklin street is dying.