Q: Drivers using one of the city's new automated pay stations to park get a receipt to place on the inside of the vehicle. But what are motorcyclists supposed to do? "What is to keep...

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Drivers using one of the city’s new automated pay stations to park get a receipt to place on the inside of the vehicle.

But what are motorcyclists supposed to do?

“What is to keep someone else from stealing [the receipt] off my motorcycle to use for their vehicle?” asked a reader. He’s afraid he’ll end up paying twice: once for the receipt that gets ripped off, and then for the ticket he gets from a parking-enforcement officer.

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“I can’t lock my receipt ‘in’ my motorcycle,” he said.


A:

Those new pay stations are designed for use by motorcyclists, too, says Tracy Krawczyk of Seattle’s Transportation Department. In vehicles, the receipts should be affixed to the inside of the curbside window. The receipts have a sticky backing, so motorcyclists should stick them to the headlight cover on their motorcycle, Krawczyk said.

“Theft of receipts has not been a significant problem, based on a survey of other cities and seven months of our own operational experience,” she said. “If one is concerned, we suggest writing the license-plate number on the receipt to identify it with a specific motorcycle and to deter potential theft.”

If a receipt is stolen and the motorcyclist gets ticketed, Krawczyk says that as long as payment was made by credit card, the Transportation Department (call 684-PARK) can verify the date, time and location of a transaction to help the motorcyclist contest a citation.


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