For years, nearly all parking citations have been a flat fee of $16.00. Whether you overstayed your meter or parked in front of a fire hydrant, the penalty was the same.

Starting July 8, the City will be implementing a new citation fee structure, with each fine reflecting the severity of the violation. Standard citations for an expired meter or extending your parking time beyond the stated time limit will remain at $16.00, but more serious infractions like parking in a handicap zone, in front of a fire hydrant, obstructing traffic or parking in a snow removal zone will cost extra. You can find a full breakdown of the new fees here.

In addition to the new fee structure, the City will introduce a $6.00 discount to those who pay their citation within 48 hours of receiving it. The $20.00 late fee applied after 30 days will remain in effect.

The boot is getting the boot! Starting July 1, the Parking Division will be implementing a new vehicle immobilization device called the Barnacle.

The Barnacle is a suction device which sticks to a vehicle’s windshield and can only be removed by the vehicle owner once outstanding parking fines have been paid online or over the phone.

The Barnacle is safer, easier to see, and faster to remove than the boot. With the boot, there was some danger of the driver not noticing it before driving off, causing damage to the vehicle. And you no longer need a parking official’s help to remove the device — you can do it yourself!

Most Omaha drivers will never see a Barnacle, but if you have three citations, or more than $108 in parking fines, past 30 days overdue, you may get stuck. However, if this applies to you, we want to give you a month to start fresh. For the entire month of June, we will not be issuing boots or Barnacles, so you can get your fines paid without fear of being immobilized. Pay your outstanding citations here.

Watch the video below or click here to learn more about how the Barnacle works, how to remove it, and how to avoid it altogether.

 

 

In an effort to develop micro-mobility in Omaha, the City has partnered with Lime and Spin to introduce electric scooters into the transportation system. These scooters will allow the citizens of Omaha to travel short distances with ease, and have fun while doing it!

A 6-month pilot program with these companies will launch May 8, 2019 and continue until November. During this time, the Parking and Mobility Division will observe riding habits and patterns, take customer feedback, and identify any issues that need to be fixed before officially integrating scooters into Omaha.

The maximum speed of the scooters is 15mph, making them unsuitable to ride on sidewalks or on streets with a speed limit of 35mph or more. Scooters will be restricted to designated scooter-safe areas using geofencing technology that will recognize when a scooter has entered a prohibited area and turn the scooter off remotely. Riders are encouraged to wear helmets at all times while on a scooter.

Both the Spin and Lime apps contain a map of scooter-safe routes and docking stations for the rider’s convenience.

Omahans will be able to try the scooters out at Mobility By Design: an event spotlighting the innovations in mobility and transportation in cities, featuring demonstrations and information provided by Lime, Spin, Bike Walk Nebraska, BCycle, ORBT, and Park Omaha. Mobility By Design will take place at Midtown Crossing @ Turner Park on Thursday, May 23.

Visit Lime’s website and Spin’s website to learn more.