Students Face 300% Higher Parking Fines

By: Rachel Thomas Email
By: Rachel Thomas Email

Finding a parking spot is a daily hunt for commuting students at MSU.

"It is a struggle to find spots," said MSU student Scott Schneider.

"Especially in front of halls, there's a line up waiting for parking meters," said another MSU student Chris Harb.

Students say often they might take a ticket just to get to class.

"Sometimes I just bite the bullet and take the ticket to go to class. Other times I don't go to class because I can't afford a ticket," said Schneider.

In just a few weeks, students will have to think twice about where they park and feeding their meter. State legistaure passed a bill Thursday that will allow all universities to increase maximum parking fines from 25 dollars to 100 dollars and maximum handicap citations from 100 dollars to 250 dollars.

"I had a visit from MSU police that says they have a big problem with wealthy students treating streets as parking lots. They don't care how many they get," said 71st district Rep. Rick Jones.

Legislators say with nearly 50 thousand students, MSU authorities need to be able to keep order and punish repeat parking offenders. But, students disagree.

"I don't think students do it because they want tickets, they don't have a choice," said Schneider.

Students propose the university provide a student parking lot, where they say they'd be happy to pay for a permit. For now, they'll have to pay attention where they park. The bill is expected to be signed into law by the governor as early as next week.


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  • by Chris Edwards Location: MSU on Dec 6, 2010 at 08:42 AM
    No. They do not have a "problem" with wealthy students treating the streets like parking lots. They just want to find creative ways to force people to pay huge fines. 300%?! Corrupt. Everyday more and more.
  • by Owen on Dec 5, 2010 at 07:51 AM
    There already is a student parking lot (Commuter Lot) on the corner of Mount Hope and Farm Lane and frequent bus routes to get students into central campus. I'm sure the permit and bus pass are cheaper in the long run than the accumulated parking tickets. It may take a few more minutes planning as well. I used that option and it works just fine.
  • by Sue Location: Jackson on Dec 5, 2010 at 07:41 AM
    I don't have any affiliation with MSU other than I am a Spartan fan, but I think the increase is outrageous if they don't have enough parking for students and some opt to not go to class rather than face a possible ticket. Sounds like MSU needs to provide adequate parking for the students first before they think about hiking the fine for parking. If I were a senior in high school looking to apply to a college; I think I would find out first if there is adequate space to park before committing myself to a school.
  • by Vikingstaff on Dec 5, 2010 at 05:38 AM
    I cannot disagree more with rep. Jones, and would not put ANY faith in the MSU police in regards to parking. I put myself 100% through college...LCC then MSU. I then went back for my MA at MSU, taught a couple sections of a course there later in life, and travel there for professional workshops and meetings. I have been ticketed in areas that were supposed to be set aside for incoming professionals, once with a temporary faculty pass in my window when teaching, and a couple times as a student in my early years. The problem is a total neglect of any remotely commuter friendly parking on their campus. I find it distastful that rep. Jones and others want to apparently stick it to the wealthy students, and completly neglect others that have to communte and put themselves through college. When does the fine become unreasonable in relation to the offense? For a republican, former cop rep. Jones seems to like to have the government stick it to people.
  • by laura Location: mi on Dec 5, 2010 at 12:08 AM
    What a scam, for what they pay to go to your collage parking should be free.And if the collage would provide enough parking for everyone these people wouldn't have to miss class because they can't find anywhere to park. Just another way to nickel and dime these poor students to death.Maybe they should all take a semester off and see where that leaves MSU.
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