New Downtown Parking System In Effect Monday
Prince George, B.C. – The new license plate recognition system and new parking lot kiosks in downtown Prince George will be in effect as of Monday November 7th.
The new system is aimed at opening up on free street parking spaces which have been abused by some who work in the downtown area. In the past, the three hour free time limit meant people would move their vehicles from one space to another to avoid being ticketed. The new system means free on street parking will only be allowed for a maximum three hours of cumulative time regardless of the location of the vehicle. In other words, parking in one spot for three hours, then moving the vehicle to another within the downtown zone for another three hours, will no longer be allowed.
Those who need to park in the downtown for business lasting longer than three hours, are encouraged to park in the off street parking lots at a cost of 75 cents an hour, or $4 per day. Monthly permits are also available and range in price from $55 to $140 a month.
The new system will only be enforced between 7 am and 5 pm and the City is prepared to hear from those who want to dispute their ticket. The City says a review process has been developed to ” review and adjudicate tickets that drivers wish to dispute. If you receive a ticket you feel was unwarranted, please contact the Service Centre at 250.561.7600 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ”
So far this year, more than 300 vehicles have been issued three or more tickets for violating the free time limit, and two of those vehicles have been ticketed 15 times.
If your vehicle is found to be in contravention of the new downtown parking rules, the first time fine is $50.