LONDON ROLLS OUT GTECHNA’S VIRTUAL PERMIT SOFTWARE ON LABOUR DAY AND THOUSANDS APPLIED FOR OVERNIGHT PARKING PERMITS
20 Oct 2016
LONDON, October 10th, 2016 – Vehicle owners are now taking full advantage; for years, Londoners had begged the city to follow the lead of its Southwestern Ontario neighbours and allow overnight parking all year and the option is finally here — the program rolled out on Labour Day.
The City of London is using gtechna’s virtual permits software to allow for the purchase of temporary visitor passes and overnight permits. Parkers can go online to use the city’s portal and register by vehicle plate number. Parking Enforcement officers use Android mobile devices to verify whether or not a permit is valid by either scanning or manually inputting the plate information.
The city has already issued 10,600 permits for vehicles to park on the street overnight, said London’s parking boss. Annette Drost, manager of parking and license enforcement is pleasantly surprised as it exceeded all expectations. New rules state that vehicle owners are allotted up to 15 permits allowing them to park on approved streets overnight and users can register a vehicle online in advance or even the night of. “The beauty of it is, it’s live,” said Drost. Users can register anytime to avoid a $40 ticket, though the system isn’t retroactive. After Nov. 1, passes won’t be issued more than 48 hours in advance. If the city needs to clean or plow the streets, pass holders will get an email saying their permit has been revoked.
2,700 license plates were registered for the more than 10,000 permits issued therefore owners taking advantage of overnight parking are using the pass system multiple times. “We’ve had a few people that have used up their (permits),” Drost said.
Drost also says her office will report to the city in the spring and politicians may explore tweaks to the program, including allowing owners to pay for additional passes and limiting how far in advance owners can order permits. The city is losing a big chunk of revenue by allowing overnight parking. Enforcement officers doled out 3,500 tickets, totaling $122,500 in 2014. No figure is available for last year as the city extended overnight parking from Victoria Day weekend until Nov. 1. Overnight parking isn’t allowed on certain streets, many of them downtown and near Western University, and vehicles are still prohibited from parking in front of hydrants and on boulevards. Commercial vehicles and trailers are also excluded from the new exemption. Adjustments may be needed in order for the city and vehicle owners to keep benefiting from the overnight parking program.
To apply for an overnight parking pass, visit parking.london.ca/VisitorPass/London.
gtechna develops Android e-Citation software that unifies parking enforcement to form an integrated parking management solution. Twenty years of successful collaborations with leading cities such as Seattle, WA, Pittsburgh, PA, Washington D.C., Baltimore, MD and Banff, AB have led to the company’s expansion into international markets as well. gtechna is a certified Independent Software Vendor (ISV) partner in the Samsung Enterprise Alliance Program (SEAP). This partnership allows gtechna’s research and development teams to build real world applications for government and public safety agencies using the latest mobile devices and technologies on the market.
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