Get Gephardt: Cars repeatedly cited in 'confusing' parking slot
(KUTV) — Nobody likes to get a parking ticket, but Kyle Jourdan was downright incensed when he got one last month for parking within five feet of a fire hydrant.
Jourdan wasn't within five feet. He wasn’t even close. Thanks to protected bike lanes that have been installed down 200 West in Salt Lake City, it's impossible to park closer than about 15 feet to the hydrant.
“When I disputed it with the city, they told me that the rule is within five feet left or right of the hydrant," Jourdan said.
If that's true, then why did the city say it is OK to park there?
200 West is a street littered with stripes — stripes that indicate, "no parking," and stripes that indicate, "go ahead and park here."
Jourdan was parked inside a spot stripped as a “go ahead and park here,” stall, and street signs indicate parking in the slot is okay.
His protests got him nowhere. Pay up, he was told, or the fine goes up.
"It almost seems like entrapment,” he said. “They're setting you up to fail, right?"
City records show that parking cops have written eight citations for blocking that hydrant, most of those in the past few months.
Get Gephardt took our findings, and Kyle's gripe, to city spokesman Paul Murphy. After investigating personally, he agrees the markings are “confusing.”
The city is now taking immediate action.
"It's going to be re-striped so that it won't be a problem for anybody else," Murphy said.
Murphy admits the city could have handled Jourdan's complaint better.
Jourdan is now being refunded for the ticket he got.
Anybody else who got a ticket for parking in that stall should contact the city.
The city says if you see a spot that is confusing, please let them know about it, as Jourdan tried to do.