By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express
Oshawa’s on-street parking payment equipment will be getting a full face lift during August.
The replacement of 82 parking machines will begin on Aug. 12, and is anticipated for completion on Aug. 23.
Due to the age of the equipment, city staff say the “cost to maintain and operate the existing equipment continues to rise and requires replacement.”
Additionally, the “pay and display” signage at the machines will be replaced with new pay-by-plate signage.
The cost to replace all the equipment is estimated at $630,000.
With the new pay-by-plate parking machines, motorists will be prompted to enter their license plate number when paying for parking.
Payment options will include coins, tokens, and payment by mobile phone through the Honk Mobile App.
The app accepts all major credit cards, Visa debit, PayPal and Masterpass.
The plan is to have a progressive approach with removal and replacement of each machine with a goal of a one-day turnaround.
The changes are to on-street parking machines only, and will not affect payment machines and options in surface parking lots or parkades.