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Anger brews over parking meters

Parking Meter

An end may be in sight for locals frustrated at Hobart City Council's parking meters.

There's no warning or refund for people who mistakenly put money in the machines, even after their time limit has expired.

It's left many Hobartians feeling like they've been duped into pointless meter feeding, and any appeals for leniancy fall on deaf ears at Council, which is maintaining a hardline approach to making people learn their lesson. 

An online petition to get rid of them now has around 3500 signatures.

Alderman Marti Zucco has been pushing for change for months.

"It's one of those situations where you're between a rock and a hard place. The law has been in play for years. It was there before these meters came into play," he said.

"What we need to do as a council is ensure that the technology inbetween the sensor and the meter is saying 'no you can't put any more money in'." 

Mr Zucco believes a breakthrough in the technology may not be far away.

"Look, I have been annoyed for over 6 months now and as I said, I've taken the matter up with the general manager. I've had a number of meetings with our staff who are working with the meters and have been assured that they are working desperately on it.

"It's been a slow process but I've been assured that they're not far away from finding a solution in the technology."