Detroit’s new parking system is now being enforced.
Kiosks are replacing the old style parking meters as the city moves to a system that is more efficient and convenient.
“It’s a friendlier, more customer-focused system,” said Norman White, director of the Municipal Parking Department.
Drivers pay by license plate, rather than pay by parking space with the ParkDetroit system. The change allows people to stop at multiple metered spots during the period of time they have paid for parking.
White told 7 Action News that Chicago and Pittsburgh are among the cities that currently utilize the system.
A new fleet of vehicles, equipped with image readers, are now hitting the streets. As they pass by, the system will determine whether a particular vehicle has paid to park in the area.
Additional minutes can be purchased through the ParkDetroit app onApple or Google smart phones.
The new system can also save time. There is the capability to explain or contest a parking ticket through the app – eliminating the need to physically appear for an administrative hearing.
“In the past you had to come at this location, spend hours waiting for your turn to have yourself heard over your ticket,” White said. “This is a very quick process.”