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Digital parking meters

A parking meter is a device used to collect money in exchange for the right to park a vehicle in a particular place for a limited amount of time. By inserting coins (or credit card, smart money, etc.) into a slot, and turning a handle (or pressing a key), a timer is set within the meter. A dial or display on the meter indicates how much time is remaining.

Parking meters are usually relatively small boxes attached to the top of a sturdy metal pole. They are exposed to the elements and to vandals so protection of the device and its cash contents is a priority.

In many cities, all parking meters are designed to use only one coin. If you try to use other coins, the meters will not work and may cease to function altogether.

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Some cities have learned the hard way that parking meters must be upgraded regularly to keep up with the creativity of vandals. In Berkeley, California, the "chopped off" remains of meter poles were a common sight during the 1990s, and parking was largely free (and chaotic) throughout the city until the government installed digital parking meters with very thick poles in 2000.

Parking meters are usually seen along the curb of a street, but are sometimes used within parking garages as well. The world's first installed parking meter was in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on July 16, 1935. They were invented by Carl Magee.

Alternative methods of parking revenue and inventory control include ticket machines (for dashboard display of proof of payment), machines to accept and electronically record payment by stall number, which is used in New York City and is known as the Muni Meter; and payment by mobile phone (to remotely record payments for subsequent checking and enforcement).

Parking Meters in Hackensack

All parking meters in the City of Hackensack are for quarters only. If you try to use other coins, they will not work and may cause meters to malfunction.

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