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Oklahoma City, where parking meters began, modernizes system

In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 photo, Wade Beal, parking meter technician, answers a question during an interview in Oklahoma City.   The city where...
In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 photo, Mickey Thompson puts coins into a parking meter in Oklahoma City.   The city where parking meters were born sa...
This Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 photo shows a parking meter in Oklahoma City.  The city where parking meters were born says it’s doing away with the las...
This Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 photo shows Cory Hubert, parking services manager for the City of Oklahoma City.   The city where parking meters were bo...
In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 photo, Wade Beal, parking meter technician, uses a small crane in the back of his vehicle to remove the can which hol...
In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 photo, Wade Beal, parking meter technician, empties coins from a parking meter into a locked collection can in Oklaho...
In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 photo, Wade Beal, parking meter technician, uses a small crane in the back of his vehicle to remove the can which hol...
In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 photo, Wade Beal, parking meter technician, uses a key to open a parking meter and remove the coins in Oklahoma City....
In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 photo, Wade Beal, parking meter technician, removes a container of coins from a parking meter in to collection can in...
In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 photo, Wade Beal, parking meter technician, removes a container of coins from a parking meter in Oklahoma City.   The...
In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 photo, Wade Beal, parking meter technician, empties coins from a parking meter into a locked collection can in Oklaho...
In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 photo, Wade Beal, parking meter technician, inspects a parking meter, in Oklahoma City.  The city where parking meter...
In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 photo, Will Cross, reads the directions on a parking pay station in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City, where the parking m...
In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 photo, Wade Beal, parking meter technician, moves along the street as he collects coins from parking meters into a lo...
In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 photo, Wade Beal, parking meter technician, inspects a parking meter in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City, where the parki...

In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 photo, Wade Beal, parking meter technician, answers a question during an interview in Oklahoma City. The city where...

In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 photo, Mickey Thompson puts coins into a parking meter in Oklahoma City. The city where parking meters were born sa...

This Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 photo shows a parking meter in Oklahoma City. The city where parking meters were born says it’s doing away with the las...

This Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 photo shows Cory Hubert, parking services manager for the City of Oklahoma City. The city where parking meters were bo...

In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 photo, Wade Beal, parking meter technician, uses a small crane in the back of his vehicle to remove the can which hol...

In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 photo, Wade Beal, parking meter technician, empties coins from a parking meter into a locked collection can in Oklaho...

In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 photo, Wade Beal, parking meter technician, uses a small crane in the back of his vehicle to remove the can which hol...

In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 photo, Wade Beal, parking meter technician, uses a key to open a parking meter and remove the coins in Oklahoma City....

In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 photo, Wade Beal, parking meter technician, removes a container of coins from a parking meter in to collection can in...

In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 photo, Wade Beal, parking meter technician, removes a container of coins from a parking meter in Oklahoma City. The...

In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 photo, Wade Beal, parking meter technician, empties coins from a parking meter into a locked collection can in Oklaho...

In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 photo, Wade Beal, parking meter technician, inspects a parking meter, in Oklahoma City. The city where parking meter...

In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 photo, Will Cross, reads the directions on a parking pay station in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City, where the parking m...

In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 photo, Wade Beal, parking meter technician, moves along the street as he collects coins from parking meters into a lo...

In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 photo, Wade Beal, parking meter technician, inspects a parking meter in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City, where the parki...

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The city where parking meters were born says it's doing away with the last of its coin-operated models by the end of the year as it installs new computerized ones.

Technology inside Oklahoma City's old-school meters dated to the 1960s and 1970s. Many companies that once serviced them have long been out of business. The city is switching to solar-powered kiosks that feature a "pay-by-plate" system.

Meters began springing up in cities throughout America after the first one was installed in downtown Oklahoma City in 1935. Cities soon came to rely on their steady revenue — and the fines for failing to pay— to pad coffers.

Those fines aren't going away, much to the dismay of motorists who've carried on a mostly hate-hate relationship with the machines for generations.


Updated : 2021-06-15 17:28 GMT+08:00