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Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Contactless parking payments coming to Heritage District

Paying for parking in downtown NOTL is going digital.

Parking in the Heritage District is taking on a new form as the town prepares to roll out mobile parking payments in partnership with HonkMobile on July 5.

Contactless payments in the Heritage District only will be available in two forms. You can scan the QR code on Honk parking stations and pay with your phone or pay for your parking spot directly through the Honk mobile app.

“This payment option gives drivers a safe and easy way to pay for parking that doesn't require any app download or account set up,” Lord Mayor Betty Disero said in a media release.

Council approved the rollout at its last meeting but rejected a staff recommendation that the first two-weeks come with a $2 discount per licence plate to popularize the app.

Councillors felt the discount was an unnecessary loss of revenue for the town.

“This time in July, you’re actually going to be giving up about $12,000,” Coun. Allan Bisback told councillors.

“We’d just be leaving money on the table. I think people will be more than happy to embrace the new system,” Coun. Wendy Cheropita added.

Metred parking machines will still be available. Rates will be unchanged with the addition of a 25-cent convenience fee for parking payments made through the Honk app.