A Day in the Life of Parking Services at UTC

By: Sloane DeBerry

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/TheLoop) – Parking is a problem on every college campus, but at UTC parking tickets are becoming a growing pandemic.

All parking tickets that are given out at UTC have to be paid at Parking Services.

Many students do not know the day to day tasks that workers at parking services face. Blair Ryan, parking attendant at parking services, describes her daily schedule as answering phones concerning questions about how to pay tickets online, questions about rules and specific dates, and does some cashiering in the front office.

A student paying for a parking ticket at Parking Services

A student paying for a parking ticket at Parking Services

Many students at UTC try to think of ways to get out of paying a parking ticket, Parking Attendant, Blair Ryan, explains that there is an appeal process that many students take advantage of when they are not liable for a parking ticket they received.

When asked what was the most common excuses for parking tickets, Blair Ryan had this to say.

UTC Parking Services gives out anywhere from 400-500 tickets per day.

For the day shift, which is from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., the average number of tickets given out range from 100 to a little under 300 tickets.

The second shift, which is from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., focuses on any reserved lots that are labeled 24 hours.


Map of Reserved and General Parking at UTC

Courtney Shirkey, a junior from Chattanooga, said she has received several parking tickets for not having her parking decal in her car for her particular lot. She said the appeal process is very long, but its worth it when she doesn’t have to pay for a ticket.

The majority of ticket writers are UTC students, but they have a total of seven ticket writers during the day, and five in the evening. Some supervisors and managers also help with the writing of tickets, as well as campus security and campus police.








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