Toronto Parking Authority looks to roll out new payment system

The plan is to enable motorists to use their cell phone to buy parking time

The Toronto Parking Authority is almost ready to roll out a new system for paying for parking at their Green P lots and for on-street parking.

What is not clear is why it has taken nearly 3 years to get this done.

The Parking Authority has hired a private company to deploy the new system.  

The plan is to enable motorists to use their cell phone to buy parking time.  

First, a driver must register with the Parking Authority, providing a credit card number and licence plate information.   

Then, presumably, the driver would use an app to punch-in how much parking time is needed.  

Parking enforcement officers would use their handheld devices to check license plates to make sure the driver has paid up.

Officials hope to get this going in Green-P lots over the next couple of months and then roll-out to the on-street parking machines.

This will require approvals by Toronto City Council and that is on the agenda for this months council meeting which starts at 9:30am Tuesday.

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