LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — New GPS sensors that can track when a street has already been swept could help Angelenos escape the scourge of the ever-present threat of a street-sweeping parking ticket.
The GPS sensors were installed to help city officials determine the most efficient sweeping routes, but Bureau of Street Services officials are also following a recommendation by a “parking reform” task force to use the data to reduce the issuance of unnecessary street sweeping-related parking citations.
The devices have been installed on all of the city’s 100 street sweeping vehicles, and they will test the technology over the next six months, officials said.
In the meantime, the bureau will also conduct a pilot program on select streets, using real-time data to prevent traffic officers from issuing tickets to vehicles parked on streets that a sweeper has already passed through.
The costs for incorporating the data onto the devices of traffic officers is still not known, city officials said.
City officials are also looking into the possibility of making the data available to the public via a website or app.