HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- A year ago, new "smart meters" were installed throughout downtown Honolulu and Chinatown that were meant to improve parking convenience.
A Hawaii News Now investigation has determined the new technology designed to help is actually making it easier for people to circumvent the rules and park longer than they should be able to without penalty.
The "smart meters" technology allows drivers to pay by coin, credit card or even cell. The perks of paying by phone is that you can "feed" the meter even if you're blocks away. Some savvy drivers have discovered a loophole that has allowed them to park in one hour stalls for as many hours as they like, so long as they keep "feeding" the meter from their phones.