The Philadelphia Parking Authority is going solar in its efforts to go green and higher tech.
Now only if finding a parking space could be a little easier.
On Tuesday, the PPA will show off its new solar-powered "Pay-by-Plate" parking kiosks, which the agency plans to eventually expand citywide.
PPA officials are going to demonstrate the new kiosks at a 10 a.m. news conference.
Here’s how the new parking kiosks work:
“Kiosk customers will be required to enter their license plate number, parking zone number, select payment methods of coin, credit or debit card,” the PPA said in a news release.
You won’t get a paper receipt to place on the dashboard. Instead, your car data will be collected.
The PPA enforcement officers then can verify the payment by scanning the license plate of the parked car, the PPA said.
There are some caveats to the new kiosks:
You must properly enter you license plate number or risk getting ticketed.
If you want a receipt you can still choose to print one of get it via text message.
The PPA wants to eventually replace all the existing green box kiosks and standalone coin meters, but didn’t offer a timetable on implementation.
Paying by app?
People already using the MeterUP app to pay for parking shouldn't see any major change in how they pay to park.