The City of Birmingham announced they are in talks with ParkMobile to introduce smart parking meters throughout the city. These parking meters will allow users to pay with debit or credit cards in the ParkMobile app.
Street parking is one of the most common ways to park in downtown Birmingham. Current parking meters in the city require motorist to deposit coins into the meter to park.
“This will be a much simpler, more modern and convenience service for everyone,” Lakey Boyd, deputy director of strategy and innovation for the Birmingham Department of Transportation said in a press release. “As a customer, I will have one app that can give me push notifications to let me know where I am and where parking is available.”
The Birmingham City Council voted to approved to amend the city’s parking ordinance and pursue an agreement with ParkMobile.
A $0.45 convenience fee will be added to each pay by app transaction. ParkMobile will receive $0.30 and $0.15 will be for credit card processing. Current parking rates will not change in the ordinance modification.