The Rapid Conversion To Pay-By-Plate Parking

When drivers are hunting for a place to park, they are usually on a mission and a schedule. Not being able to find the perfect parking spot often results in double parking or illegally parking. Violations like these drastically increase the workload for meter attendants and those responsible for processing citations. As cities look for new ways to better manage local parking, some have already transitioned to pay-by-plate parking, which offers many benefits to the local area.

What is Pay-By-Plate Parking?

Instead of using and maintaining old parking meters, pay-by-plate parking uses more advanced technology. Drivers can purchase parking time on a machine with cash or credit cards. They simply enter their license plate number, choose the amount of time, pay, and then place the receipt on their dashboard as proof.

Benefits of Pay-by-Plate Parking

When the first city implemented pay-by-plate, both businesses and consumers were upset. After a few months, the benefits of pay-by-plate parking far outweighed the initial concerns.

  1. Increase in revenue for the city.
    Under previous parking payment methods, drivers could take advantage of unused time on the meters paid for by the previous tenant. With pay-by-plate, time is bought for a specific car and license plate number. If the driver doesn’t use all of their time, they lose it. Revenue is then increased because drivers have to pay if they want to avoid a ticket.City revenue is also increased because pay-by-plate makes it easier to spot violators and assign more tickets. In the past, violations could have been missed if the attendant didn’t walk from meter to meter to check the status.
  2. More efficient for the city.
    By updating to pay-by-plate parking, cities can now take and process parking payments electronically, instead of only accepting coins. Electronic payments are easier to process, track, and deposit than coins which require an attendant to empty the meters, count, and deposit. In addition, violations can be logged electronically instead of writing them by hand.
  3. Improved law enforcement.
    With the technology, law enforcement will be able to review more license plate numbers in a given day than they previously could. This will help them track down stolen vehicles more efficiently, as well as flagging individuals with possible criminal activity.
  4. Adds the ability to charge variable rates.
    Variable parking rates are also becoming more popular to help assist with managing parking demand versus availability. Some cities have found success in controlling parking by increasing rates during peak seasons, times, or when special events are in effect. By adjusting rates, the demand decreases and leads to fewer violations and less disgruntled drivers.

How to Make the Transition

Before any area makes the transition to pay-by-plate parking, they should follow these recommended steps to make it a smooth process.

  1. Be prepared with success stories.
  2. Educate the public to learn their plate number.
  3. Train city employees.
  4. Hold violators accountable.

If your city needs assistance with managing and processing traffic violations, contact our team at Complus Data Innovations today!