Woman claims Pittsburgh parking meters are too tall for wheelchair access, files lawsuit

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A woman has sued the Pittsburgh Parking Authority, saying that its new electronic parking meters are too tall for her to reach from her wheelchair.

Fifty-three-year-old Debra J. Stemmler filed the class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court, claiming that the parking authority is violating the Americans With Disabilities Act. Her lawsuit says the new meters have working parts more than 48 inches above the ground, including coin slots.

Stemmler says she got a ticket because she couldn't reach the controls. The authority dismissed her ticket, but she wants it to bring meters into compliance with federal disability access regulations.

The Pittsburgh Parking Authority did not immediately respond to a request for comment.