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Ban Against Parking Apps

Should drivers in L.A. be able to use their phones to find a parking space? ATVN's Madison Mills reports. 

L.A. City Council propsed a ban on apps that helps drivers find and pay for public parking spaces.

“Street Parking sucks in L.A. and campus parking isn’t plentiful so it’s always a problem,” said William “Tre" Jessie.

Applications such as MonkeyParking allow parked drivers to auction off their spot to those who are looking for street parking nearby. 

“It’s hard to find a good parking spot because they are expensive. Parking apps would be helpful to this problem,” said Beranda Gonzalez.

Although this seems like a great idea, city officials do not like the idea of privatizing a public service.

Members of the L.A. City Council who are opposed to these apps say they not only allow people to pay for a public service that taxpayers already pay for, but also encourage people to be on their phones while driving. 

Drivers say that such apps exist because there aren’t enough places to park in the city.

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