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City cracks down on free motorcycle parking

It has been free to park motorcycles and scooters on city streets since 2005 but the creation of new technology may see that come to an end.

“Next year motorcycles and scooters, when they’re in pay display spots, spots that were once free to them, they will be expected to pay,” Nazzareno Capano, with Transportation Services, explains.

The city is planning on retrofitting 3,100 Green P street meters with touch pads so users will be able to punch in their vehicle’s license plates when paying for parking.

As well, a new Green P app will allow both riders and drivers to use their smartphones for payment.

“You create an account, put your license plate in, secure it with your credit card, load funds and then you can park,” Lorne Persiko president of the Toronto Parking Authority said.

It’s expected that motorcycle and scooter parking fees will bring in about $250,000 annually.

The free parking initiative was brought in to help ease gridlock and help the city become more environmentally friendly. Since its inception 8,000 more motorcycle plates have been issued in the city.