Grace period ends for new parking meter hours

Changes protect on-street spots for small businesses

COVINGTON, Ky. – The month-long grace period is over: Parking meters will now be enforced 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday in Covington as part of an effort to preserve on-street parking for small businesses who need it to survive.

The new hours went into effect March 9 and “courtesy tickets” – aka warnings – have been issued since then to motorists who didn’t feed the meters during those extended hours, said Infrastructure Development Specialist Kyle Snyder, who is executive director of the Covington Motor Vehicle Parking Authority.

Going forward, tickets will be issued.

“Over the last month we’ve worked to educate about the change, with courtesy tickets and fliers, plus notices to businesses in the areas of the meters,” Snyder said. “But we’ve done all we can, and now the changes are in full effect.”

Snyder said that monthly parking lots in the City, of which there are more than a dozen, will continue to feature open parking after 5 p.m. and on weekends. 

The long-overdue change brings Covington in line with surrounding cities. It’s partly in response to complaints from business owners about spots in business areas being monopolized by drivers who leave their cars parked throughout the weekend and evening hours, making it more difficult for their customers to find nearby parking.

A release announcing the change can be read HERE.

Drivers continue to be able to pay with cash at the meters or via the free PassportParking® app available for download at the App Store and Google Play. For more information on the App or to see the readily available parking in the City, see HERE.

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