TYLER, Texas (KETK) - Downtown meters are confusing parkers with what they're reading at what time, especially at the Smith County Courthouse.
Here are the rules of the parking meters according to the city:
From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., you have to pay to park.
After 5 p.m., it's free and before 8 a.m., it's free.
"It's to help the flow of traffic downtown, a lot of businesses depend on in and out traffic," John Baggett, Liberty Hall Manager, said.
In the early morning hours, people are noticing the meters aren't following by their own rules. If you park at 7:50 because your court date is at eight, and if you pay the meter a little early, it does you no good.
"If you feed it before it changes over, if it's still saying free, it unfortunately doesn't register that money at that time which is a flaw of the meter itself," Baggett explained.
So what the city says you have to do is call the number on the meter. That way you can work out the situation and void any parking violation.
"The timing mechanism on it, if it gets too hot, too cold, that has an effect on it, if the battery is running low, that has an effect on it, and sometimes we don't know there's a problem until we get a call," Baggett said.
The city strongly suggests drivers go to the parking garage downtown to park. It's $5 to park their all day.