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A group of lawyers who work for local governments across the country is objecting to a recent decision by a federal appeals court on marking tires to enforce parking in the city of Saginaw.

A three-judge federal appeals court panel said marking tires with chalk qualifies as an unreasonable search under the Fourth Amendment.

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A federal court has clarified its decision in a dispute over marking tires, a method that many cities use to keep track of cars and write parking tickets.

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Tire chalking by police is now banned in Michigan, a decision the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals made Monday. A lawyer, whose client has $180 in separately issued fines, argued that this practice violates the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches.

The next time parking enforcement officers use chalk to mark your tires, they might be acting unconstitutionally.

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that "chalking" is a violation of the Fourth Amendment.

The case was brought by Alison Taylor, a Michigan woman whom the court describes as a "frequent recipient of parking tickets." The city of Saginaw, Mich., like countless other cities around the country, uses chalk to mark the tires of cars to enforce time limits on parking.

Detroit to get "pay by plate" parking

Mar 4, 2015

DETROIT (AP) – Detroit plans to roll out a parking system that uses technology tied to license plates in an effort to improve enforcement efficiency and increase options for payment.

Chief Operating Officer Gary Brown told The Detroit News that a $3 million contract will transform its metering system to “pay-by-plate,” rather than by space.

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Many trips to Michigan shopping malls this weekend will end with a minor fender bender in the parking lot. says the most common accident is hitting another car.   But drivers also admit to hitting poles, shopping cart corrals, even people.

Michelle Megna is with   She says the driver’s gender may play a role, especially when there’s fights over parking spaces.