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Pittsburgh Parking Authority Settling Kiosk Suit

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – The Pittsburgh Parking Authority has settled a lawsuit brought by a woman who uses a wheelchair and claimed newly installed parking kiosks were too tall for her to use.

Debra Stemmler sued in May after she received a ticket for not paying for an on-street parking space. She had left a note on her dashboard explaining that the push buttons on the kiosk were too high for her to reach from her wheelchair.

Current guidelines under the Americans with Disabilities Act require the controls to be no higher than 48 inches above the ground.

KDKA-TV checked a number of kiosks and found that the top of the keyboard was at 48 inches, but the final green “confirm” button was 52 inches high.

Online court documents show the lawsuit was settled Tuesday, though the parking authority and Stemmler’s attorney haven’t disclosed terms.

An official with Cale America Inc. of Tampa, Florida, had previously said the company would lower the pay stations in response to the lawsuit.

The kiosks were installed at a cost of about $7 million two years ago.

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