(Bay City News) People who overstay their time at parking meters in Oakland will have a short grace period under a new policy approved Tuesday by the Oakland City Council's Finance Committee.
The new policy is the brainchild of Councilwoman Jane Brunner, who said she wants to provide convenient parking in front of Oakland businesses and ease friction between the city and residents over parking enforcement.
Under the new policy, which takes effect immediately, people who use one of the city's pay-and-display parking meters will be given a five-minute grace period from the expiration time displayed on their receipt.
However, the policy is more complicated for people who use old-fashioned coin-fed meters
Brunner said the grace period depends on when parkers return to their cars and when parking meter officers check the meters because there isn't a precise way of checking the exact time at which people feed their meters.