From simple things such as watching television or making calls to complex tasks like getting directions and making airline reservations, the technological revolution changes everything. Yet, when it comes to parking enforcement, many towns and cities continue to rely on old and outdated parking management solutions. Herein lies both the problem and the solution.
Why Parking Enforcement Matters
Today, more and more cities are seeking parking enforcement solutions that are not just convenient but also effective. Why is that? A necessity, parking enforcement ensures payment of service and keeps the demand for parking spaces in control. Therefore allowing motorists to find available parking more readily. In addition, it enables parking operators to get a return on their investment in maintenance activities and in parking infrastructure such as lighting, parking sensors, barriers and charging stations.
How to Make Enforcement More Efficient
Despite the importance of parking enforcement, many cities and towns continue to use old and inefficient ways to manage parking. So, what do these cities and towns need to make their enforcement more efficient? They need the modern enforcement solutions that are redefining how cities and towns approach their enforcement. We’ll discuss options included in these solutions next.
Employ Technology-Based Parking Payment Solutions
The use of technology can go a long way in making parking enforcement in a city/town more efficient. For instance, it’s high time cities replaced street-side meters with pay by space pay stations. Not only are street-side meters outdated, but they are also incredibly inconvenient. Drivers don’t always carry change with them, and the lack of cash or credit options at street-side meters means that municipalities lose substantial revenue from motorists who need parking space but don’t have the change to pay for it.
On the other hand, pay by space pay stations allow motorists to pay with cash and credits and send alerts when a given spot is in violation. Similarly, machine payments at surface lots need replacing with Pay-by-Plate which allows motorists to pay for parking space with a virtual permit before parking.
Move on From On-Street Visual Enforcement
Cities need to move on from on-street visual enforcement and quick. Why is that? Parking enforcement officers (PEOs) in vehicles conducting visual checks are not only inefficient but also unsustainable. The relentless driving around town by PEOs to conduct checks and the hours and hours of burning fuel is bad for both the economy and the environment. A tedious and slow process, on-street visual enforcement is expensive for municipalities, when compared to the revenue earned.
The solution is simple: using modern enforcement solutions that limit the need for visual enforcement. These solutions don’t only offer quicker and more consistent enforcement. They also save municipalities on payroll costs while generating more significant revenue.
One way to significantly improve parking enforcement efficiency is using a mobile parking enforcement solution. This solution involves an automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) camera mounted on an enforcement vehicle that scans license plates to provide real-time alerts about parking violations to officers.
For long, parking enforcement has been a headache for cities and towns. But, with the advent of modern enforcement solutions, they can look forward to a convenient, more efficient parking enforcement.