Office Information 
Lehigh Office 
Lower Macungie Township Administration Building
3402 Brookside Road
Macungie, PA 18062
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: (610) 965-9933
Fax: (610) 965-9174

Berks Satellite Office 
Topton Borough Hall
205 S Callowhill St.
Topton, PA 19562
Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. to noon
*Walk-ins only. No mail, please.

Capitol Office
160A East Wing
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2134
Phone: (717) 787-1000
Fax: (717) 782-2893
Mackenzie Legislation Will Streamline State Government, Return Control of Parking Meter Inspections to Local Authorities
5/22/2012
HARRISBURG – The House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee today approved legislation authored by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Berks/Lehigh) that would transfer inspection authority for parking meters to municipalities.

“Under current law, the Department of Agriculture’s Weights and Measures Division is responsible for inspecting local parking meters, but all revenue from these devices supports local governments,” said Mackenzie. “My legislation will give local governments the authority to inspect their own meters, and will expand the amount of time between inspections.”

To view a video of Mackenzie’s comments, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEWGEY_-X_I&feature=plcp.

House Bill 2366 specifies that local governments must inspect parking meters at least once every five years, but may do so more often if the municipality deems necessary. Current law requires inspection at least once every three years. The legislation would allow the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) to establish training and certification requirements and procedures for parking meter inspectors. A municipality may contract with a private, third party to conduct the inspections, as long as it is certified.

Mackenzie noted that in the City of Philadelphia alone there are 7,000 parking meters, and there are nearly 70,000 statewide. The department spends tens of thousands of dollars, including staff salaries and travel costs, and inspects approximately 23,200 parking meter timing devices annually.

“It is commonsense to have only one government entity overseeing the inspection of parking meters,” said Mackenzie. “Cities and boroughs already have employees walking the streets everyday to check for parking violations, and these employees could easily be trained to inspect the meters, thus simplifying the process and keeping it local.”

The legislation is supported by the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs and PDA.

House Bill 2366 will now go before the full House for debate and consideration.

More information about Mackenzie and his legislative priorities is available at RepMackenzie.com or Facebook.com/RepMackenzie.

State Representative Ryan Mackenzie
134th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Nicole Wamsley
nwamsley@pahousegop.com
717.783.8063
Share |