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Smartphone parking now available downtown

Smartphone parking has arrived in downtown Kamloops, for a price.

Months behind schedule, the parking app is available as of today (Tuesday). It will cost 35 cents each time it’s used.

Kiosks are still there, but now you pay by phone.

Kiosks are still there, but now you pay by phone.

Telepark is a service provider that has been integrated to the City’s parking systems to provide a real-time option to pay for parking with mobile phones. The user needs a mobile phone number, email address, a valid credit card and license plate number to complete a one-time account registration at http://www.telepark.com.

Once registered, anyone parking downtown can use text or phone-in to start and stop parking. Telepark is available for downtown street parking, as well as in City-owned downtown lots. The system will request the shopper to enter the zone number listed for the parking area to start a parking session. Zone numbers are now displayed on the old meter poles and pay stations downtown or on the signs and pay stations in the City’s parking lots.

By returning to http://www.telepark.com and creating an online profile, users can then access additional features such as:

Start and Stop parking using Telepark’s website, which is optimized for smartphones.

Add additional phone numbers for authorized users.

Add additional license plates and vehicles for family or others.

Change credit card information.

View parking history.

View billing statements.

The Telepark service charges 35 cents for each completed parking session in addition to the City’s parking rates.

Instructions on how to use the Telepark system are available at http://www.kampark.ca/telepark.

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1 Comment on Smartphone parking now available downtown

  1. Mike in Kamloops // August 19, 2014 at 2:19 PM // Reply

    35 cebts “convenience fee”?? I used to be able to park downtown for a few minutes for 25 cents total — not that long ago. One more reason to stay uptown, thanks City.

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