What you need to know about HRM’s new paid parking system

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Drivers wishing to park in the Halifax Regional Municipality will now pay at digital parking stations instead of on-street parking meters.The new solar stations, which went into effect on Tuesday, require people to enter their license plate number and choose a parking zone before paying.

“The key to the new system is that residents have to know their license plate, so we have people today, street teams, handing out key chains where they can write their license plate on the back of the car. key fobs so it’s handy, ”Victoria Horne, parking services manager, told CBC. Information morning.

The municipality has installed signs in paid parking areas. There are eight areas listed from A to H covering most of Halifax and downtown Dartmouth.

People can now park in the zones for up to four hours instead of two hours.

Information morning – NS8:44Paid parking modifications

There is a new way to pay for parking in HRM. It comes into effect today. Victoria Horne, HRM’s Parking Services Manager, explains how it works. 8:44

Fares vary by area and drivers will be able to pay using coins, credit, debit, smart phone payment, HotSpot mobile app.

“We recognize that not everyone has a cell phone and that they don’t have to use the HotSpot app if they don’t want to or if they don’t like the idea of ​​paying a fee. , they can just find the nearest… station and there is no charge associated with your parking session, ”said Horne.

In zones A to G, it costs $ 2 an hour for the first two hours, then $ 6 an hour for hours three and four. In Zone H, it will cost $ 1.50 an hour for the first two hours, then $ 4 an hour for hours three and four. (Halifax Regional Municipality)

The HotSpot mobile app now allows drivers to pay a fee of 10 cents per parking session to use the third-party app, or the annual option at no additional cost.

Parking rates have increased

The parking increases were approved by city council last year and also went into effect on Tuesday.

In zones A to G, it costs $ 2 an hour for the first two hours, then $ 6 an hour for hours three and four. In Zone H, it will cost $ 1.50 an hour for the first two hours, then $ 4 an hour for hours three and four.

“He’s trying to encourage residents… if they need to stay downtown longer, find alternatives off the streets or maybe take public transit, use other modes of transportation. transportation, cycling, ”said Horne.

In the new system, payment is tied to people’s vehicles, rather than to the parking space, so that vehicles can move freely in the parking area within the allotted time.

There are still authorized and scheduled parking spaces available in some areas.

The municipality also made changes to allow parking, now allowing people to buy and manage permits online.

“We also introduced new permits with the system, so we have a student parking permit and just more flexibility with the permits as well,” said Horne.

She said staff have spent a lot of time researching the new pay stations to make sure they can withstand Nova Scotia winters and vandalism.

“We anticipate that we will have to clear some of it when we have particularly heavy snow,” she said. “But other than that, they’ve been tested down to -40 and in all kinds of side rain and ice rain, so we’re pretty confident in their capability in the winter. “

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