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No pocket change, no problem: Vernon introduces pay by phone option

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October 19, 2016 - 4:48 PM

VERNON - You’ll be able to pay for parking using your smart phone by the end of the month in Vernon.

The city is rolling out a new ‘pay by phone’ system, reducing the need to carry pocket change for the parking meter.

“The PayByPhone system also has the capability to remind a client via text or email that their time is expiring, and allows the user to top up parking to the maximum time allowed for that location,” the city says in a media release.

The city will start rolling the system out tomorrow, Oct. 20, with full implementation planned for Oct. 26.

The Downtown Vernon Association pitched the idea earlier this year to give people another option when using paid parking.

Customers can register online for a PayByPhone account and are advised there is a 25 cent fee per transaction added to the regular parking rate of $1 per hour on-street parking, and 50 cents per hour in city-owned parking lots.

Lots are free for parking after 5 p.m. on weekdays, and at all times on weekends. On-street parking is free on Sundays and statutory holidays.

For more information about the new PayByPhone system, click here.

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