No more running down to the street to fish for coins to refill a meter: The technology, which will one day be commonplace, is now in 36 cities in the U.S.
Drivers lacking cash but with phones have more options for high-tech parking meters in Dallas.
City officials and PayByPhone Technologies on Friday announced drivers can pay for metered parking with a credit or debit card using a smartphone app or by calling a toll-free number.
PayByPhone can also send users a text message five minutes before their meter expires with the option to pay for more time.
City parking enforcement manager Paul Curington says it’s a simple way to add parking time from wherever you are without worrying about getting a ticket.
A free PayByPhone account can be set up using a smartphone app.
Drivers can also call 1-888-680-7275 to set up an account using a credit or debit card. A 35-cent convenience fee applies per transaction.
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Photo credit: A PayByPhone sticker is seen on parking meter in Vancouver where residents can now by phone or mobile app, without returning to their car. PayByPhone