The L.A. parking revolution that was to be is probably no more.
Los Angeles City Council voted 11-0 to draft a measure that would ban the sale of public parking spots through smartphone apps.
“This is extortion masquerading as the sharing economy,” Councilman Mike Bonin, who chairs the council’s transportation committee, said in a statement. “The idea that individuals could personally profit from seizing and selling public parking spaces is just wrong, and we’re taking action to stop these parking pimps.”
MonkeyParking was leading the slew of parking apps that promised to pad users’ pockets by auctioning their public parking spots. But city officials quickly buckled down to curb the Italian startup’s efforts. San Francisco first moved to keep it from gaining a foothold, sending a cease-and-desist letter in June to boot the service from its streets. Soon after, MonkeyParking tried to launch in Santa Monica before it was blocked there as well. Beverly Hills and West Hollywood are also considering bans.
“From making parking worse in our neighborhoods, to allowing people to sell public assets for private gain, to encouraging people to drive while distracted by online auctions on their smart phones, this app is dangerous, dumb and damaging to our neighborhoods,” Bonin said.
Angelenos have other options to help them arrive with ease though. Beverly Hills startup Curbstand offers a cashless valet app while Santa Monica’s ParkMe lets drivers compare rates and pre-reserve parking spots at partnered lots.
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