Undergraduate students, excluding freshmen, will pay for night parking — whether they have cars or not — through a $10.40 fee.
Students who do have cars may register their vehicles online with the Department of Public Safety and park freely after 5 p.m.
The fee was approved by the Board of Trustees, including former Student Body President Christy Lambden, in November 2013. Lambden told The Daily Tar Heel at the time that he reluctantly agreed to the fee over the alternative — a $227 year-long night parking pass for students who needed it.
“No one really likes it, but it’s sort of like death and taxes,” Faculty Executive Committee Chairman and professor Bruce Cairns said in an FEC meeting last week. “We had to be fair. This was the fairest policy to distribute the parking costs.”
Last year, junior Shanim Patel parked his car on campus for free at night and on weekends. He said he objects to the new fee.
“I think it’s just another way for the DPS to nickel and dime us,” he said. “I think the DPS as a whole is pretty useless as far as handing out frivolous parking tickets.”
Patel said he would prefer night passes be available to purchase for students who wanted them.
“I’m not sure why everyone would have to pay for a service that not everyone utilizes,” he said. “If you’re going to use nighttime parking, I have no problem with them making you purchase a pass like you do for the summer or normal parking, but to apply the fee across all students is kind of useless.”