Think again before cruising into that open spot next to the parking meter.
The city council voted 12-1 Wednesday to override state law approved earlier this year allowing California drivers to park at broken meters without receiving a ticket, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Citing violations at broken or malfunctioning meters brings in approximately $5 million annually, city councilmembers said allowing the state law to take effect in L.A. would amount to a major revenue loss. Since 2010, the city has begun replacing its roughly 40,000 parking meters with upgraded devices that notify transportation officials of broken meters.
Officials claim they bring broken parking meters back to service within a few hours.
District 11 City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl said the new meters have reduced complaints in his district and congratulated the new technology.