The Barnacle

New Parking Enforcement Tool

KU is using a new device called the Barnacle in certain situations in lieu of towing. The Barnacle is a lightweight, GPS-equipped device 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 cannot be removed without the release code, and there is an alarm if you try to remove it any other way. Trying to remove it improperly may also damage the windshield.

However, the Barnacle won't replace the tow truck in the near future. Transportation Services will continue to tow any illegally parked or unauthorized vehicle on a case-by-case basis.

Use of The Barnacle will begin June 21, 2021.

Introducing The Barnacle


Once a Barnacle is placed on a vehicle’s windshield, it is held in place with 750 pounds of force, making it virtually impossible to remove. Instructions on the Barnacle tell drivers how to make payment in order to receive the code to remove the device (see "How do I get a Barnacle off my car?" below). If someone attempts to drive the vehicle with the Barnacle on the windshield, it will trigger the GPS tracking system to send an alert to parking enforcement officers.

  1. Visit the Barnacle payment website or call the phone number listed on the Barnacle.
  2. Follow the instruction prompts to pay all outstanding fees.
  3. Once payment is completed, enter the 4-digit code to remove Barnacle
  4. Return to drop box at Transportation Services within 24 hours (see "How do I return it?" below).

Barnacles are motion activated to trigger an alarm if the vehicle owner attempts to either remove the Barnacle without completing the given steps, or attempts to drive the vehicle without removing it. If the vehicle is put in motion while the Barnacle is still active the audible alarm will sound and GPS will be activated.

Failure to return the Barnacle will result in the vehicle owner being charged an additional, non-refundable fee.

To return your Barnacle, drop it off 24/7 in the drop-box just outside the Transportation Services office:

3rd Floor Lobby

Allen Fieldhouse Parking Garage

1501 Irving Hill Road


  • A parking permit is required to park on campus.

  • If you have received a citation, you can pay your citation here

  • Avoid immobilization or towing by paying your citations in a timely manner.

  • Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

  • You can dispute the charge by calling 785-864-7275 during the hours of 8 AM to 5 PM Monday thru Friday or emailing us at You may also release the device now and dispute the charge later.