The city of Welland has become the latest municipality to launch HonkMobile services for all on-street and off-street municipal parking.
Welland mayor Frank Campion and HonkMobile founder Michael Back made the announcement Tuesday at Welland’s Civic Square.
Welland motorists can now sign up for a free Honk account to search, pay for, and top up parking directly from their smartphone, tablet or computer.
The system is all digital, with parking enforcement officers receiving all paid license plates for proof of payment, eliminating the need to put a paper slip in the windshield.
The app also notifies users 15 minutes before their parking is set to expire, at which point they can top up from wherever they are without having to run back to the vehicle.
Payment options include credit card, Apple Pay, Masterpass, PayPal, or Visa Debit.
Campion said the parking program is part of Welland’s growth plan.
Back said during the last six months user adoption of Honk in Niagara Falls, St. Catharines and Oakville has grown by nearly 150 per cent.
“Honk is on a mission to transform parking with a faster, more convenient and easier experience while helping our communities reduce congestion, pollution and wear on roads,” Back said.
Honk is currently accepted at over 800 locations and 150,000 parking spaces across Canada and the United States.
The HonkMobile app can be downloaded for free on both iOS and Android at, honkmobile.com or via the App Store or Google Play.