“For many years, parking tickets have been a source of contention between the university administration and our students, staff, faculty, alumni and visitors,” Fuchs said in the video. “And today, I’m calling on Scott Fox, the director of Transportation and Parking Services to create, by tomorrow, a program that will allow the past 12 months of parking tickets to be forgiven.”
Fox confirmed the program was legitimate and provided details to the Alligator.
The “Food for Fines” program will apply for all unpaid parking citations issued by the UF Office of Transportation and Parking Services between April 1, 2017, and Sunday, April 1. Students with unpaid parking tickets can have them forgiven by donating five food items or other supplies to the university’s Parking Services office. In addition to food, toiletries, baby formula and diapers can be donated, the Alligator reported.
“We know people don’t like receiving parking tickets. We also don’t like issuing them,” Fox said. “We do it reluctantly, and we do it as our duty because we need to maintain some sort of order on our campus.”