SANTA FE, N.M. — Santa Fe officials have cancelled dozens of parking tickets after the city discovered battery malfunctions in 280 parking meters.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports city staff has replaced the faulty solar-charged batteries in meters and has canceled nearly 80 parking tickets.

City spokesman Matt Ross says the city was alerted to the issue after receiving a growing number of calls from residents over the last several months.

Ross says that for tickets thought to be issued for a malfunctioning meter, staff checked the ticket numbers and issue time with the city’s meter monitoring system. The tickets issued when meters were down were invalidated.

The city operates about 1,300 parking meters. It upgraded more than 1,100 coin-operated meters to accept other forms of payment in 2016.

Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican,

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