Parking services offers free help on campus

Sarah Colvin

Parking services doesn’t just give out parking tickets – students, faculty and visitors with car problems can get help from parking services for free.

It offers the Motorist Assistance Program to students if they have car troubles.

Parking services will jump start a battery, unlock cars, inflate tires and provide gas transports (taking a student to the nearest gas station to get gas), said Larry Emling, manager of parking services.

Weather impacts the number of calls parking services receives. In the winter, while students are bundling up, they lock their keys in their car or their batteries drain in bad weather, Emling said.

It is the primary responsibility of the full-time enforcement officers to help with car problems on campus, but student enforcement officers are trained for everything but unlocks, he said.

He said the staff can usually respond in about ten minutes.

Emling said the program is “a convenience parking services provides in trying to support the students and staff here on campus.”

Contact buildings and transportation reporter Sarah Colvin at [email protected].

Motorist Assistance Program hours of operation

• Monday through Thursday: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

• Friday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Phone Kent State Police Services at 330-672-2212 if assistance is needed after hours or during the weekend.

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