New Westminster is finally about to move into the modern parking era, with pay-by-phone and mobile technology. But it will cost everyone more. Forty cents per hour more, to be exact.
City council on Monday passed the motion to raise parking rates. Parking services coordinator Sukh Maghera said the reason is to keep up with the other municipalities in parking rates and to upgrade the meters in the city. Along with the new prices will come convenient new technology.
“We want to bring in new software, new technology. Pay by phone. Mobile payments,” he said.
Currently, the city has a mix of pay stations and parking meters. Maghera said rates will apply to both.
All meters that are currently $1.35 per hour will be $1.75 per hour. Ones that charge $1.10 per hour will be $1.50 per hour. The exact date hasn’t been confirmed yet but Maghera believes it will start Jan. 1, 2014.
The Vancouver Sun reports off-season parking rate in White Rock is $1.50 per hour and the peak season hourly rate is at $3 per hour.
City councillor wants business owners’ input
City Coun. Betty McIntosh was the only one who opposed the parking rate raise at the meeting. She wanted to get the opinions of business owners and open up a discussion.