The first parking summons in Britain was issued against a man named William Marshall on November 25, 1896. His summons was later dropped, as people were unsure of the regulations governing “horseless carriages“.
The world’s first multi-storey car park was opened at 6 Denman Street, central London by The City & Suburban Electric Carriage Company. The car park had seven floors, space for 100 vehicles and an electric elevator to move the vehicles between floors.
The earliest known multi-storey car park in America was built in 1918 for the Hotel La Salle at 215 West Washington Street in the West Loop area of downtown Chicago.
In 1927 Colonel Frederick Lucas and his wife rented some land near White City, London and begun operating a car park. The venture was the foundation of his company, National Car Parks.
The underground car park has now been a part of the British way of life ever since the South Coast resort of Hastings built the first one in 1931.
The world’s first parking meter, Park-O-Meter No. 1, was installed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on July 16, 1935. It was designed by Oklahoma State University engineering professors Holger George Thuesen and Gerald A. Hale who had begun working on the device two years earlier at the request of Oklahoma City, lawyer and newspaper publisher Carl C. Magee.
|Parking meter ca. 1940|
In 1960, New York City hired its first crew of “meter maids”; all were women. It was not until 1967 that the first man was hired.
Traffic wardens started patrolling British streets in 1960 and had the power to issue £2 fines. The first ticket issued was slapped on a Ford Popular belonging to Dr Thomas Creighton, who was answering an emergency call at a West End hotel. The ticket was subsequently cancelled.
A total of 344 parking tickets were issued by London’s traffic wardens on their first day of operation in 1960 — each for £2.
|“Meter maid” in Stockholm,|
You can squeeze eight motorbikes in the same parking space as a car.
Lotta Sjolin, a Swede who collects parking meters, was last recorded as owning 292 meters from around the world.
UPS trucks get about 15,000 parking tickets a month in New York City.