New Parking Equipment Hailed A Success

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG-TV
New Parking Equipment Hailed A Success

The City has crunched some numbers since the new licence plate recognition software went into play last November.
Before the new rules came into play, the the City had a 22.7% vacancy rate in its monthly rental stalls and a 57% vacancy in hourly and daily stalls. Since going live with the new equipment, the vacancy rate in monthly rental stalls has dropped to 18.6% and the rate in hourly and daily stalls has been more than cut in half to
24%.
“We have two main objectives with our Strategy: to increase the availability of on-street parking in front
of businesses for customers and clients, and to increase the usage of parking lots and parkades for
longer-term parking,” says Fred Crittenden, Manager of Bylaw Services with the City of Prince George.
The Strategy was first implemented in November 2016 and later extended to include the two-hour
hospital parking zone by the middle of that month.
In addition, the number of tickets issued to vehicles parked in violation of the three-hour time limit has
dropped from 244 in November to 174 in January in the downtown zone and from 77 in November to
32 in January in the hospital parking zone.
Revenues generated from the pay stations also jumped dramatically, going from $8,536 in October 2016 to $22,240 last month.

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