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Barnacle Parking Enforcement Tool Coming to Campus

By Bob Browand

We will soon be rolling out a new traffic enforcement tool that will be used in certain situations in lieu of towing.

The Barnacle is a light-weight device equipped with GPS that is attached to the windshield using two large suction cups, preventing the vehicle from being driven by blocking the view of anyone sitting in the driver’s seat.

The Barnacle will be used to immobilize vehicles of flagrant violators or unregistered vehicles.

However, Parking and Transportation Services reserves the right to immobilize or tow any illegally parked or unauthorized vehicle at its discretion on a case-by-case basis.


How it works

Once a traffic enforcement officer places a Barnacle on a vehicle’s windshield, it is held in place with 750 pounds of force, making it virtually impossible to remove. If someone does try to pry it off, an alarm will go off. Trying to remove it improperly may also damage the windshield.

Also, if someone attempts to drive the vehicle with the Barnacle on the windshield, it will send an alert to parking enforcement officers.

What to do if a Barnacle
is on your vehicle

  • Visit the website listed on the device ( You can also call the phone number listed on the Barnacle.
  • On the website, click on “I’ve Been Barnacled.”
  • The Barnacle has a device number on it. Enter that number where prompted on the website.
  • Enter your mobile phone number.
  • You will receive a text message with a one-time verification code.
  • Enter the three-digit verification code where prompted on the website.
  • Enter your credit card payment information.
  • In addition to paying the fine, there is a $200 deposit.
  • After paying the fine and deposit amount, you will receive a text message with a four-digit release code.
  • Enter the release code into the keypad on the Barnacle to release it. (It may take up to 30 seconds to release).
  • Return the Barnacle to Parking and Transportation Services in Suite C in the Stadium Parking Garage Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or any time in the large drop-off box that will be set up soon outside the PTS Office. If returned within 24 hours of payment, the $200 deposit will be refunded.
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Why we are using it

The Barnacle is a more passive way of enforcing certain parking rules and regulations compared to our current policy of towing the vehicle. It allows the vehicle owner/driver to self-release the vehicle without having to go to a different location and wait for someone to meet them in order to release the vehicle. It is also less expensive for the offender.



posted: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019