Options for Your Parking Pay Station
Today, you can find parking lots minus the attendants with fully automated payment services. You can find parking pay stations with barrier gates and some without barrier gates. Below are some of the types of parking park stations with or without gates to help you know these systems better.
The first type of parking lot is the lot without barrier gates. In these type of parking pay stations, you can pay your parking in many different ways. You can use their pay and display, pay by license, or pay by space options. Without any barrier, you can simply enter the lot, choose a parking space and pay at the pay station for the amount of time that you are planning today. The first option, the pay and display option, requires you to put your receipt on your vehicle dashboard after paying so that the parking enforcement officer can check up on it and issue parking violations if necessary.
Paying by space is another option. You only need to enter the space number and the amount of time you need the space should be paid for. The parking enforcement officer will know the details through printed reports that he can compare with your vehicle parked in the lot. You can view these reports online or on parking citation writers.
Similarly for pay by license, you enter the license plate of your car and pay the appropriate amount. Parking enforcement officers then check the license for validity in a printed format or online.
In the parking pay station with barrier gates, the parking lot gates control the entering and exiting in the parking lot. You can find parking lots with flat rate payment systems. Every vehicle that enters the parking lot pays a flat rate which the vehicle owner can pay upon entering or exiting the parking lot. The payment does not consider the time you will be staying in the parking lot.
You can also find the full featured parking system in a gate parking lot. This is a time based parking payment system. You get a ticket when you enter the parking lot and you are charged a fee upon exit. Here you pay for the amount of time you spend in the parking lot. In some systems you need to pay in a walk-up machine and once the payment is receive you are able to exit your car from the lot. In other systems you can simply pay at the exit gate. Upon exit you can pay your parking fee with a credit card, EMV, bills and coins. Change is also issued for cash.