URegina uses “barnacles” to collect unpaid parking ticket fees


Rather than needing to follow up with a towing company, drivers who owe parking ticket fees to the University of Regina may discover a yellow device attached to their windshield. The device—called a barnacle—attaches to the windshield using suction to block the driver’s view and prevent them from using the vehicle. CBC reports that previously, vehicles would be towed and students would be prevented from registering for their next semester if they owed outstanding parking tickets. In this new system, drivers who pay their tickets are provided with a code to unlock the barnacle, which can then be delivered to a designated drop box.