New License Plate Recognition Plan To Be Put Before Council
Prince George, B.C. – Details of the new licence plate recognition (LPR) program will be presented to Prince George City Council Monday night, and the plan comes with recommended changes to parking rates and fines.
In the report to Council prepared by Manager of Bylaw Services, Fred Crittenden, it is noted the contract for the LPR has been awarded to VenTek International at a cost of $172,500. That’s about 23% below the budget set aside for the project.
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The report recommends that hourly parking rates in off street lots be boosted to 75 cents an hour and that parking pay terminals be installed at the Four Seasons Pool, the Civic Centre and the Prince George Public Library. Users of those facilities will still be allowed some free parking but a fee will be charged after 3 hours and for those not using the facilities.
The 6th Avenue lot will become a monthly parking facility only instead of hourly or daily.
In addition, the report calls for increases in fines for violations. First and second time violations for parking would double from the current $25 dollars to a $50 fine. Third time ( or more), and the fine jumps to $75. Fines related to safety issues will increase to $75 and the fine for illegally parking in disabled parking stalls will increase to $100. Those who have a disabled permit will no longer be allowed to park for extended periods of time, they will have to follow the same time limits as anyone else.