The Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas issued a new plea via its Twitter account recently when it reminded passengers of a county ordinance requiring passengers to pull forward into their parking spots (instead of backing in) so they scan their license plates. It was quickly maligned.
Consider yourself warned! The Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas took to Twitter recently to issue a plea to parkers at its massive airport. In the missive, airport officials reminded folks that they need to pull their cars IN to the spot, with the nose of the car facing forward. Backing into the spots was not allowed.
Their reason? So they can your car’s license plate, local more vehicles, increase security, etc.
According to Clark County Ordinance 20.08.040 – Parkingâ€”Public/employee parking at the airport, “Where posted, no operator of said vehicle shall back said vehicle into any parking space or otherwise park backwards in any parking space.”
Airports (and many parking lots) often use License Plate Reader (LPR) technology for vehicles using the property. This information is often shared with local law enforcement or vehicle recovery firms and used to help recover stolen vehicles, in criminal investigations, or to seize a car from someone who’s behind on their car payment.
Because many cars only display a rear license plate, backing a car into a parking space (although definitely a very Steve McQueen move – you know, always ready to go!) might make it harder for the LPR technology to work if you don’t have a plate on the front of your car.
One Tweeter replied to the airport’s post with a question: “If we have plates on both the front and back, do we still need to pull forward into spaces?”
The Airport replied: “You must still pull forward. The rear plate is the plate of record and must be visible.”
Another Twitter user noted, “I mean yall could just number the spots then give people number tickets as they drive in. No need to SCAN A PLATE like thatâ€™s normal.”
While another offered this up, “21st century â€œparking technologiesâ€ donâ€™t require end users to pull forward. Stick with flying. You do that relatively wellâ€¦”
One user commented that the airport should just walk around to the front of the car, “This is dumb Why don’t you walk around the car to find the plate. Don’t be lazy it’s not that hard to walk around the car.”
While another derided the airport for getting invasive, “Oh look, airports getting into invasive policing. Thatâ€™s nice.”
Opinions aside, it’s a rule that could ultimately result in a ticketable offense. Good to know.