Port Hope rolls out new coinless parking option with new app

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The Municipality of Port Hope is rolling out a new coinless option for paid parking.

As of April 1, the HotSpot Parking app is an option for all parking meters and parking meters in the municipality. Simply put, this means drivers have the option to pay for parking from their smartphone by downloading the free app on Apple and Android devices.

“This new app makes parking easier and provides a diverse option for payments,” said Mayor Bob Sanderson. “By increasing the municipality’s technological capabilities, we are making downtown life easier for residents and visitors.

The introduction of this app does not impact standard municipal parking rates or the current coin-based payment option, the municipality noted.

The app also offers the added benefit of mobile alerts when time is running out and a seamless option to extend time from smartphones, city staff added.

Plus, if there’s time left, drivers can apply the credit to their next trip or donate via HotSpot to United Way.

HotSpot charges users a fee of $0.25 per use with the option of a $2 monthly subscription or a $20 annual subscription, it was explained.

“These memberships are useful for frequent users who also visit nearby communities with HotSpot locations.”

To learn more about the app and parking, visit porthope.ca/parking.

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