Kent State University’s Parking Services have recently added a few new vehicles, but these vehicles are not just used for driving around campus to ticket parking violations. Reporter Rex Smith went out to find out what type of vehicle Parking Services added and what they can do.
Parking Services at Kent State University recently added three new 2015 Chevy Colorado trucks. The trucks cost them approximately twenty-two thousand dollars each plus an additional $2000-$2500 for decals, light bars, and special equipment.
Manager at Parking Services, Larry Emling, says that he is excited to have the new trucks, but it is more exciting for the enforcement officers that have to drive them every day. According to Emling, the
previous trucks, which were 2007’s, had to go because the usage that they received really wore them out.
The trucks are a big part of Parking Service’s motorist assistance program where they can provide jumpstarts and tire refills amongst other things. The jumper cables are 30 feet long so they can reach another car from any angle.
The enforcement officers are extremely excited about the new trucks because of the problems they faced with the previous trucks. According to Emling, the previous trucks would have brake problems and sometimes die in the middle of intersections.
One enforcement officer simply said “They work!” when asked about the biggest difference between the new and the old trucks.
The previous trucks only lasted about eight years and the last year was very tough to keep them going. Everyone at Parking Services hopes that the new trucks will last longer than the previous trucks.