A Guide to Parking Pay Stations
The modern parking lots today no longer use humans for collecting payments but instead there are pay stations where you can pay for your time of parking. You can find parking pay stations with barrier gates and some without barrier gates. There are many types of parking pay stations with or without gates and you can find out about them below.
The first type of parking pay stations is parking without barrier gates. There are many different ways of paying for parking in a pay station on a lot with no barrier gates. There are three options including pay and display, pay by license, or pay by space. Since there are no barrier gates, you simply enter, park and pay for the amount of time you are letting your vehicle park in the space. 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.
If you are using the pay by license option, then you simply need to enter your license plate and pay for the amount that you will be using the space. In order to check the validity of the license, the parking enforcement office can check online or in printed reports.
Parking lot gates control the entering and exiting in the parking lot of parking pay stations with barrier gates. One option for gated parking lots is the flat rate payment system. In this type of parking system, every vehicle pays a flat rate either upon entering or exiting the parking lot. This type of payment system does not consider the amount of time you will be parking your vehicle in the lot.
Another type of gated parking lot payment options is the full featured parking system. 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 parking lots you have walk-up machine where you make payments and the gate will automatically open. Or some systems allow payment at the exit gate. Credit cards, EMV, bill sand coins are accepted for payments. You are issued change if your payment is more than the due.