New Parking Enforcement Vehicles + 400 Parking Meters Repaired

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Eyes on the Street: New Parking Enforcement Vehicles

This bulletin contains the latest parking news in Alameda:

New Parking Enforcement Vehicles

There are new parking enforcement vehicles in town! When Public Works launched its new Parking Enforcement Service in May 2022, technicians were driving regular-sized electric cars from the City fleet. Now three of those cars have been replaced with purpose-built, electric, three-wheeled GO-4 vehicles. It will be easier for traffic to maneuver safely around these narrow vehicles when they are pulled over, which is especially important in our busy commercial districts.

Man in parking-branded hoodie stands in front of a small, three-wheel parking enforcement vehicle

LPR On its Way

The new vehicles are outfitted with cameras that will make it possible to use Automated License Plate Readers (LPR) for parking enforcement, but they are turned off at this point. In the coming months, Public Works staff will work with providers to configure the system to strict privacy standards, and receive training before using the system.

Used for parking enforcement at cities across the Bay Area and the nation, LPR makes parking enforcement more efficient and less labor-intensive, enabling staff to check meter payment status simply by driving down the street in an LPR-equipped vehicle. Importantly, LPR allows enforcement of time-limited parking without chalking tires or manually recording license plate numbers, locations, and times.

Privacy is a priority, and the City's Parking Enforcement LPR Data Privacy Policy requires data to be used for parking program needs only, as well as information security and regular data purges. Public Works parking staff using LPR systems will not have access to personally identifiable information (they can't look up license plates). Finally, citations will still be printed and placed on vehicles, as required by State law.

400 Parking Meters Repaired

As of last month, repair is complete on 400 single-space meter mechanisms, work that followed updating the modem on all meters from 3G to 4G. We are glad to have working meters back in these spaces! Paid parking helps open up spaces, reducing congestion by allowing people to find parking spaces more quickly.

Parking Information & Phone Number

Check out for extensive information about parking in Alameda. For specific questions, read the Parking FAQs! There you can find information like how to request a disability parking zone in front of your home, get temporary "no parking" signs for a moving van, or obtain a 24-hour permit to park your RV or boat trailer on the street.

Call 510-522-PARK if you'd like to report a parking violation in progress. For broken meters or ongoing parking issues, you can call that number or choose the parking category in SeeClickFix.

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