By Holly Cuozzo
The Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) is the campus organization that is in charge of parking passes and overall transportation throughout campus. During a meeting in the first week of October, those in charge brought forth a new policy for all workers entitled “Stop Being Assholes.”
“We thought that it was time we gave drivers a break from all of these parking tickets. We all understand that people come to visit this university very often and that sometimes they do not put enough money in the meter or know that they need a parking permit to park in certain lots but not others,” said Department Head Lisa O’Reilly.
The new policy was enacted due to complaints by students of friends, family and the students themselves getting ridiculous parking tickets and of parking permits being too expensive, among other complaints. The new policy states that DOTS workers must issue two warning tickets before a real one is issued. The person receiving the warnings will have their information put into the DOTS system, and the DOTS office will employ helpful staff members to explain warnings to drivers and help them prevent future charges.
“I was incredibly shocked when I went to the DOTS office and the workers there were able to help me. They didn’t just tell me to go online and request a review of my ticket; they actually called someone knowledgeable and got me the help I needed,” said Junior Max Johnson.
DOTS’s new policy went into action on October 4 and received much excitement from students and other drivers alike. Signs were also clearly marked in parking lots, stating whether and when a person could park there without a permit. With the new policies, DOTS hopes to prevent drivers from getting violations in the first place.
“Were tired of being sticklers,” said O’Reilly. “With these new policies, parking at this university can be an overall easier and more enjoyable experience. We never thought of this before—who would have known that being straight-forward with the rules and being somewhat lenient when they are broken would make everyone happier and less stressed?”