Parking tickets rise at Eastern Michigan University under private operator

Posted at 2:57 PM, Apr 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-08 15:30:33-04

A news organization's review has found that parking tickets at Eastern Michigan University have increased at the school since a private company took over enforcement. reports citations issued were up 31.5% overall, from 5,405 issued in fall 2017 to 7,112 in fall 2018. The news organization obtained figures through a Freedom of Information Act request and from LAZ Parking that also show fines collected were higher than the same period a year earlier.

LAZ spokeswoman Mary Brennan Coursey says an increase in citations for parking in a restricted zone were the result of a license plate recognition system installed in an effort make parking enforcement more efficient.

The school got an up-front capital payment of $55 million when it signed a 35-year agreement to monetize its on-campus parking system.

"Parking is something that none of us find a daily delight but our collaborator, LAZ parking, has worked very hard to communicate with students about any changes in our procedures,” said University Spokesman Geoff Larcom.