If you think parking on the University of New Mexico’s campus is expensive, parking around the university could cost you even more if you’re not careful. Businesses near campus are now booting people who are abusing their lots.
“Around here it’s hard to find parking without paying for it, so in here, it’s kind of ridiculous I would say,” said Slater Sivage.
Violators may be booted: These signs are popping up along the businesses on Central, right across the street from UNM, warning drivers that these spots are reserved for paying customers only.
“The business people need the parking for their customers. If you’re taking the customers’ ability away to access the buildings, they’re not going to be happy and that’s why you’re getting booted,” said Barbara Morck.
Businesses like Starbucks and Jersey Mike’s at Central and Stanford, have hired a private company called Park It Place Parking Enforcement, to ticket and boot cars.
Tickets are written for people who have been parked for more than an hour. Boots are given to cars that have been parked for more than three hours or have a number of unpaid tickets.
In a matter of minutes, our camera caught eight tickets being written.
“Yeah, it’s happened. We all try to do it. Everybody tries to do it, but definitely have been ticketed before too, and that kind of sucks,” said Sivage.
Morck, Director of Parking and Transportation at UNM, said they sold 500 fewer permits this year than last.
With more than 11,000 permitted spots available on and off campus, it isn’t a matter of not having enough parking spaces.
“The neighborhoods around the university are being affected by all these random cars parked in their areas,” said Morck.
College students say they’re doing their best to save a buck.
“Hey man, take it easy on the college guys. We’re just trying to get by you know?” said Sivage.
UNM does offer free bus rides for any students taking three or more credit hours a semester. That bus sticker counts towards any ABQ Ride city bus.
If you are booted at one of the businesses, it can cost $75 to remove it. Tickets can run you anywhere from $12-20.