Pay by phone finally arrives

KAMLOOPS - Drivers now have another option for paying for downtown parking, their cell phones.

The pay by phone system is aimed at offering convenience to drivers, but you’ll need to register with before you can use it. Once registered you can text or phone in your start and stop times for downtown street parking as well as city-owned downtown lots.

Zone numbers, which are displayed on the old meter poles, need to be used to start a parking session.

The Telepark account also allows you to add additional phone numbers and license plate numbers for authorized users and view parking history and billing statements. Telepark will add a $0.35 service fee for each parking session.

The new pay stations have received both praise and criticism since being installed just under a year ago. Issues with sequencing and the display were common grievances and bylaw officers spent a lot of time helping people to learn the new system early on.

A total of about 90 pay stations replaced around 850 old parking meters, which were causing problems for bylaws because of jammed coins and calibration issues because of different coin weights.

A three-hour time limit remains on parking and parking rates, which went up in November when the new pay stations were operational, will remain the same as well.

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