CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) – UTC is known for having few parking spaces and for ticketing too frequently. After spending $140 on my parking tickets, I discovered some loop holes in the parking system.
According to parking services, all lots located on campus are patrolled at all times of the day. After three years spent at UTC, and two semesters without a parking decal, there are many lots located on campus that are not patrolled at all times of the day.
Jennifer McGee, a sophomore at UTC, says she always parks at Guerry apartments, lot 47, after five p.m. and moves her car before 10 a.m. and never gets a ticket.
“I think parking services checks the lots as often as they can but not enough to prevent students from parking there with the wrong parking decals,” says McGee.
I bought a parking decal for lot 10, EMCS building, two semesters ago. I have been using the same lot without a parking decal ever since it expired.
Between the hours of 10:00 to 10:50 a.m., lot 10 is available for parking without a parking decal. The lot is also available from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. the next day.
Parking lot 10 is not available during the hours of 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. The lot is patrolled by parking services during those hours.
The lot by the Frist building,26, is patrolled during the day heavily. However, the lot is free to park in from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. the next day. I have received a ticket for parking there at 2:45, so make sure you don’t get to the lot too early.
Kylie Linfoot, a UTC junior, says that she parks in the garage by the ARC, 31, without a decal.
“To get in the garage, you need a number to type in. All you have to do is find someone who bought a number and use theirs when you want to park there,” says Linfoot.
Linfoot also says that she parks in the garages by Stophel apartments without a decal. She lets the person in front of her slide their card first, then she just drives in the garage behind them.
All general lots are “patrolled” as well but I have never been ticketed without a decal.
The UTC parking loop holes are subject to change but for now students should feel free to use these loop holes at anytime.