PROVO, Utah – Students and faculty at Brigham Young University circle parking lots longer than they would like for a place to park.
“(Parking) has a lot of room to be improved,” one BYU student said.
There are lots designated for faculty and students as long as they register their cars, but some students still feel there simply aren’t enough places to park.
The University began charging students to park in fall 2015. Officers use technology to help monitor the lots.
“Students, instead of buying a pass, would kind of gamble. Kind of play a game and see how many times they could park in the lots that require… a parking permit, see how many times they could park there without getting caught,” said Lt. Steven Messick.
So at the beginning of the year, the ticket fine went up from $30 to $60.
“To try to get better compliance,” Messick said.
The fine is now the same price as the pass.
“It would be just much better to spend the $60 and buy your Y Lot permit pass,” Messick said.
Officers are just doing their job and don’t enjoy giving tickets.
“We’re trying to manage… this parking, so that it is available the way the university wants it to be available for employees and students,” Messick said.