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Published on Friday, July 7, 2017

Oakville introduces pay-by-phone parking in lots

On-street pay-by-phone also in the works later this year

Oakville introduces pay-by-phone parking in lots
Pay-by-phone parking app now in use
By Nathan Howes, Oakville Beaver

The Town of Oakville and HonkMobile want to make paying for parking downtown and in Kerr Village quicker and simpler for residents.

While people can still use the existing pay-by-plate machines, they now have another option to pay for parking — from their smartphones using the Honk app.

HonkMobile’s cloud-based technology streamlines parking by allowing users to search, pay for and top-up parking from their mobile phone, tablet or any internet-connected device.

“We’re always looking for new ways to use technology to enhance town services,” said Mayor Rob Burton in a media release.

“With the Honk app, there is no waiting at the pay stations. It’s easy as park, search, pay-and-go, making it easier to shop, visit and enjoy all that downtown and Kerr Village has to offer.”

Honk also notifies users when their time is about to expire and allows them to buy additional time on their smartphone, eliminating the need to rush back to a parking machine and helping to avoid tickets.

Residents can download the free app from honkmobile.com, the Apple App Store or Google Play and set up an account.

When you’re ready to park, choose your zone and enter the parking time needed. Information is also posted on each parking lot’s pay-by-plate machines, if you need help.

“Honk is revolutionizing parking across North America and we are thrilled to bring our service to Oakville,” said Michael Back, Honk founder and CEO, in the release.

“It’s really a win-win for the town and its motorists. As mobile adoption increases, there is less need for parking equipment and metres and their associated maintenance costs. The ease and convenience of the app eliminates the need to get out of the car to pay for parking.”

Visitors can look for the signs at all municipal parking lots that use Honk.

On-street mobile payment will be accepted in the coming weeks.

For more information, visit Oakville’s municipal parking lots and garages page at www.oakville.ca.
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