The 'Barnacle’ is about to make its Hawaii debut, and it’s no boot

A parking enforcement tool called the 'Barnacle’ is about to make its Hawaii debut

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A new device to deter illegal parking will soon be showing up in a Kauai community.

The parking enforcement tool called the “Barnacle” attaches to a vehicle’s windshield, blocking the driver’s view.

The Princeville at Hanalei Community Association plans to start using 10 of the gadgets next week to prevent visitors from illegally parking in areas such as Queen’s Bath.

“They many times park over where our pedestrian walkways are, which becomes dangerous. Sometimes they park even covering a good part of the driving road, closing out lanes,” said Rory Enright, the association’s general manager.

To remove the device, drivers must pay Princeville’s $150 parking violation fine with a credit card, online or via a mobile device.

“It has a GPS tracker on it as well as audible alarms that go off," said Kevin Dougherty, CEO of Barnacle Parking Enforcement.

“If the person tries to move the vehicle or if they try and tamper with the device, an alarm goes off and it also sends a signal back that triggers an email or text message to go to the agency that’s using it.”

If the driver doesn’t return the Barnacle to one of two boxes in Princeville, there is another fee.

Hawaii lawmakers banned the use of parking boots that attach to wheels in 2013.

Megan Kau, the attorney that represented Hawaii Boot Removal, believes the Barnacle may encounter similar resistance.

“It’s difficult to try to implement something new, something innovative when there’s been this long history of towing and a good amount of people who lobby and are close to the legislature,” Kau said.

Enright said there are no towing companies on Kauai’s North Shore and that the group would fight efforts to ban the Barnacle.

The community is looking for other ways to solve its parking problem, such as a shuttle, but residents hope the Barnacle sticks for now.

“If there’s not another illegally parked car, I’ll make zero revenue off of it, but we’ll have achieved what we’re really after which is keeping an orderly community,” said Enright.

Dougherty said Hawaii is the 36th state where the Barnacle will be used. The company is reaching out to universities, property management companies, towing businesses, and county officials statewide.

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