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Parking Sign Barcode Decoder

Figure out if it's a legal spot even if your IQ is <130
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NO PARKING 2AM-7PM MON WED FRI
NO STANDING 1PM-5PM, 8PM-10PM TUE - SAT
EXCEPT TRUCKS 9AM-12PM
1 HR PARKING 8PM-10PM, 3AM-5AM EXCEPT SUNDAY
UNLESS LOADING OR UNLOADING PASSENGERS

What the ***k is this sign, man? Can I park here or not? Do I have to feed the meter?

Wait a minute! I have my instant parking sign barcode decoder! I just point it at the barcode on the sign, and beeeep!

"Legal parking until 4:00 (2h 37m)"
"Meter cost = $2.25"

Done and done. Pulling in.

phundug, Aug 16 2003

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[Shz, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

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       Far simpler, and cheaper for all concerned would be a 'graphical' representation of allowed parking, ie like a school timetable - with SUN-MON accross the top, and hours of the day running down the left.

The allowed times would be marked in, say blue for parking allowed, green for standing allowed, red for trucks etc...

In an instant you could determine if you were allowed to park or not.
furious_farquad, Aug 17 2003
  

       [fogfreak] is likely right. But just in case Mayor Daley is lurking, I suggest making the meter pole automatically scan the license plate/sticker of the vehicle in question, then light a little red X (move on) or green checkmark (home sweet home) to tell you the verdict before you even have a foot out the door.
n-pearson, Aug 18 2003
  

       I have seen new meters that have an LCD display. They could just show: $5.00/hour, $15.50 to end of day, trucks welcome.
No bar code needed. How would your bar code reader know the schedule? Barcode is usually just an ID. The detailed information has to be downloaded from somewhere else.
kbecker, Aug 18 2003
  
      
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