Welcome to the first edition of “Just Ask Me Something”, a column that will appear regularly as a forum the get answers to questions students frequently have. Want to know something but don’t know where to go? Just ask me something! Questions will be screened for appropriateness and relevance to the general student audience.
This week’s question concerns parking on campus.
If parking on campus is free, why do I have to register my car and have a hang tag?
New River students are very fortunate to have plenty of free parking located reasonably close to the academic buildings. The parking lots are well marked and nicely lit. According to campus security, the purpose of the vehicle registration is primarily for notification purposes. Accidents, although rare, do happen and if someone smacks your bumper in a parking lot, the decal enables security to identify you as the car owner and help them locate you on campus. Other incidents involving vehicles, including flat tires, car fires and vandalism result in the need to contact the car owner. By registering your vehicle, security can notify you of any problems in the parking lots. The visitor parking is designated for people who are only on campus for a brief time to speak to a class, provide a service such as army recruitment or drop off something. Please don’t use those spaces to go to class. And never park in a handicap spot without the proper authorization. Those spots are strictly enforced and violations are expensive.