City testing new parking meters
What a coincidence. A few days after my April Fools joke about parking permits and meters, the city has begun testing a new system by the CVS/Barnes & Noble area on Washington between Newark St. and Observer Highway.
City looks into raising parking revenue
In this particular test of the “PhotoViolationMeter” solution from Photo Violation Technologies Corp., there’s an obnoxious terminal every two parking meters. Essentially, it takes a picture of your license plate, and issues an indisputable summons. There are some “bonuses” built in, such as a grace-period (but you still have to pay) and multiple payment methods.
From the developer: “The self-enforcing PhotoViolationMeter is beneficial for drivers and their municipalities. Drivers will love the user-friendly features on the PVM, such as the Every Way To Pay feature that allows drivers to pay with cash, credit cards, debit cards, and pay-by-phone. The Grace Period feature lets drivers who return to their vehicle slightly behind schedule to pay for the time they over parked instead of receiving an instant violation. Drivers paying with credit cards can choose the No-Fine feature, which will automatically bill the credit card when time on the meter is running low, eliminating the chance of the driver receiving a violation Self-enforcement as well as wireless real time auditing lightens the workload for enforcement officers. With its ability to detect the presence of a parked car, and fine vehicles that have not paid or overstayed, it is expected to bring in 5 times the revenue of traditional parking meters.”
Not too sure I like having these awful control panels up and down the entire street. And I’m wondering how long the “no-fine” feature will work? Can people leave their cars there all day and “feed the meter” automatically? What will the time limit be?
I stopped by city hall yesterday to track down Mayor Roberts or Paul Drexel for comment, but they had left for the day (it was like 3:30 – early dismissal?)
What do you think of this parking system?