A new city contractor is helping the city upgrade its parking program.
Standard Parking Corp. has a list of changes it plans to make. Some are already in place, with more to come.
One change that's already in place is the replacement of parking meters with pay stations. The City says the stations make it easier to pay and also cuts down on meter maintenance. More of the machines are expected to be installed.
The City is also using a license plate recognition system. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the technology recognizes cars by their plates. The city only has one for now and it's being used in the Fan to help the city monitor parking regulations.
The city hopes to get a second plate reader to increase ticketing and make it easier for people to find parking spaces.
Additionally, the time for paid street parking has been expanded from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The company also plans to start a new booting system for car owners who don't pay their tickets.
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