Y2020 Glitch Causes Parking Meters in N.Y.C., Las Vegas, Washington, D.C. to Stop Taking Credit Cards

By Jesse Sokolow on 4 January 2020
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New York City may be “the city that never sleeps” but someone was asleep at the wheel and this lapse caused the city’s parking meters to stop accepting credit cards as of January 1, 2020.  Those attempting to pay for parking using a credit card starting on January 2, 2020 received a message saying, “Card not allowed.”

The Big Apple was one of multiple cities experiencing the Y2020 glitch, which it first tweeted about on Thursday.  Other cities impacted by the failure include Austin, Las Vegas, and Washington, D.C.

Parkeon, which makes the machines for multiple municipalities, said that the outage “was caused by an anti-fraud security setting that disabled card payment beyond January 1, 2020.” New York City has 14,000 Muni Meter machines throughout the five boroughs.

The city does not expect all 14,000 machines to be updated to new software until the latter part of the coming week as each machine has to be updated individually and the procedure cannot be done remotely.

“We’ve received reports across the city of parking meters not accepting credit cards. DOT crews are out fixing the issue,“ the city’s Department of Transportation said in a message on Twitter.  “In the meantime, meters are still accepting coins and the free ParkNYC App.“

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