Charging for Campus Parking is Unfair

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By: Jasmine Singletary | jsingletary3@radford.edu

Students with cars face a challenge all the time; parking on campus is complicated and risky. Why should it be?

Parking on campus is like cheating on a quiz – we all know we shouldn’t do it, but we still do. If you’ve been in college for at least one semester, you know by now where students can park and where they can’t.

However, just because we know we can’t park there doesn’t mean we aren’t going too. Sometimes we don’t think about the consequences; violations can get your car ticketed, booted, or even towed.

College isn’t free, we all know that, and it isn’t cheap either. So, should we have to be booted, towed, and ticketed for parking on campus when we already pay tuition?

Parking on campus is like cheating on a quiz – we all know we shouldn’t do it, but we still do.

The parking pass for Radford University students is $148, which is a lot of money not to be able to park close to campus. The designated parking area for students is across the bridge and down the hill. Another parking lot for students is next to Greenhill.

Ideally, we don’t want to do either of these after paying both tuition and the $148 parking pass. We should be able to park remotely close to our building for that amount of money.

Say we do park on campus. Well, we get booted, ticketed or towed.

 

“I think it’s unfair. We pay thousands to go here, and we have to pay a parking pass fee.”

According to Radford University’s Vehicle Registration Policy, a ticket is $30. Any account with $125 or more in unpaid parking violations will be towed or booted until all fines and fees are paid in full.

Some students may think $30 isn’t a lot, but, for most of us, it is. We could park in our designated area and avoid these fees, but we’re college students, so naturally, we test the limit.

The Tartan asked some students if they think Radford’s parking policy is fair to students.

Freshman Julie Urban said, “No, I think it’s unfair. We pay thousands to go here, and we have to pay a parking pass fee. They could let us slide when we park on campus for five minutes. I personally don’t need to park on campus, but I know some people do, and they should be able too.”

Jared Nichols, a freshman, agrees and thinks the parking office doesn’t do enough to inform students of the policy.

“I feel like the parking should be free, considering that we pay loads of money to be here in the first place. I personally don’t feel like the ticketing office, Radford city police, or Radford university police have done a good job about educating students on parking.”

Most of the students I asked that received tickets while parking on campus said they only parked there for 10 minutes to run in and turn in a last-minute assignment. Once they got back to their car, it was a ticket in their windshield.

Students parking on campus is an issue at every university. Of course, we feel like we should be able to park on campus. The only reason there is a campus is because of students.

The only way this issue will be fixed is if we students speak up about the trouble these tickets are causing us. If you see a student parked somewhere you know they’ll get a ticket, towed or booted, let them know because that could save them $30 and a lot of trouble.

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Photo Credit: (Dylan Lepore | The Tartan)

Featured Image: A car with $125 or more in unpaid parking violations will be towed or booted until all fines and fees are paid in full.

Jasmine Singletary

I'm a Radford University sophomore and my major is Journalism so, I kind of like to write.