City of Oxford waives parking meter fees

Oxford parking enforcement’s yearly holiday gift arrived Dec. 12 as all parking meter fees in the city have been waived since then, and will be until 8 p.m. on Jan. 2.

The parking meter fee waiver comes in the form of a resolution during Oxford City Council’s Dec. 6 meeting, which was passed unanimously by all six present council members.

This year marks the second year in a row that free parking is applied all over the city, and not just in Uptown.

John Jones, Oxford’s police chief, noted during the meeting that the expansion of the parking waiver fee through the city “really made sense with the demands.”

The resolution states that the waiver “...has been very well received by merchants and shoppers in the past and will hopefully continue to be an incentive for residents and visitors alike to shop and/or dine Uptown.”

Making the waiver easier on Oxford’s parking enforcement team is Oxford’s new digital meters installed in Aug. 2021, which feature the ability to assign a programmed message informing residents about the change. In previous years, parking enforcement resorted to placing bags over each individual meter.

Time limits on parking still apply and range from two hours to 10 depending on the location.

Jones also said that while parking fees will be waived, “egregious violations” would still be on the receiving end of a fine during the holiday season.

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