New Downtown Parking Rules Coming

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG-TV
New Downtown Parking Rules Coming

Mayor and Council have set the wheels in motion for changes to the rules for parking downtown. New licence plate technology is coming, which will allow staff to monitor the entire downtown in one hour. The new bylaw would mean three hours free parking in the downtown. After that, motorists could access the ground level City-owned lots for 75 cents per day or $4 per day.
During his presentation to Council, the Manager of Bylaw Services, Fred Crittendon said there are around 300 vehicles that already have three or four time-violation tickets this year and a handful with 10 to 15 tickets. He said there are 1,400 off-street parking lots downtown, but the occupancy rate is only 70%. He  told Mayor and Council the parking fines issued this year sits at $107,000 but only 66% of those fines have been collected.
“This is about moving workers off the street; this is not a moneymaker but a way to change attitudes about parking in the downtown.”
He says New Westminister has installed the same technology recently and has seen a 75% increase in tickets.
Once the LPR is installed around September 21st, there will be some training and public education. The hope is to have the new system in place by mid-October.

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