The city is upgrading its 300 parking meters downtown with new pay-by-plate machines that no longer require motorists to display tickets on their dashboard.

“We are excited to introduce these new parking machines in the downtown,” said Vito Tolone, the city’s director of transportation.

“The pay-by-plate technology will give users a lot more flexibility when it comes to parking in downtown Burlington with more options for payments, including the ability to top up their parking time remotely using an online app.”

Burlington existing on-street parking meters date back to the 1980s. City staff will assess each meter for salvageable parts and those remains will be recycled.

Precise Parklink Inc. is supplying the new parking machines and residents can expect to start using them in municipal parking lots and the Locust Street garage by mid-May.

All payments are linked with to vehicle license plate, and while a receipt can be printed, dashboard tickets are no longer required.

Some of the other features of the new pay-by-plate parking machines include:

  • Multiple forms of payment including coin ($2, $1, $0.25), credit or online
  • The ability to park at various locations throughout the downtown with a single payment
  • The option to add time to a parking purchase remotely using www.telepark.com
  • The choice to print a receipt. Every payment is linked with a license plate number. Dashboard tickets are not required.

The city provides more than 1,400 municipal public parking spaces in downtown Burlington to serve the needs of business, special events, tourism and visitors.

Its expected that 36 new spaces will be added throughout the downtown in the coming months.

For more information about the new parking machines, please visit www.burlington.ca/paybyplate.

Source: insideHALTON.com