When the City of Pittsburgh began replacing its parking meters, it chose not to go with wheelchair-accessible kiosks. Which is why Debra Stemmler, a wheelchair user, made the case back in October 2013 that since she couldn’t access the machine, she shouldn’t have to pay the ticket.
After all, she even left a note on her windshield explaining why she didn’t pay.
Eventually the City dismissed the ticket. Unfortunately, it also dismissed the problem. This has Stemmler and other wheelchair-using city residents so steamed that they filed a class-action ADA lawsuit on March 9.
“We tried to be nice about it,” says Stemmler, 53, a research specialist at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health. “We