Disabled woman claims parking meters are too tall

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PITTSBURGH -  A western Pennsylvania woman has sued the local parking authority, saying that its new electronic parking meters are too tall for her to reach from a wheelchair.   

Fifty-three-year-old Debra J. Stemmler filed the class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court, claiming that the Pittsburgh Parking Authority is violating the Americans With Disabilities Act. Her lawsuit claims that the new meters have working parts more than the legal limit of 48 inches above the ground, including coin slots. 

 Stemmler wants the authority to bring its meters into compliance with federal disability access regulations.   

The Pittsburgh Parking Authority did not immediately respond to a request for comment.