Originally Posted by lucad2
Near my school there is a street that you are aloud to park for free for a max of 3 hours. How do they know how long you have been there? My guess would be the marking the tire method but I have not noticed it on anyone's tires. Also if I leave and come back does the 3 hours start again?
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Usually, they just go for a visual check, which is easily challengeable (the ticket is only $15 though).
As long as you actually 'are not parked there anymore' (i.e. you don't just move your car forward--you can go on the other side of the road, or on the next block) the 3 hours start again.