No free rides for downtown parkade abusers
Published Thursday, March 15, 2012 4:49PM MDT
The Calgary Parking Authority has found a way to track down people who aren't paying at downtown parkades.
Cameras will be installed at the entrance and exit to parkades to record the licence plate of everyone who drives in and out.
The authority estimates five per cent of parkers aren't paying.
The city-owned parkades don't have gates and people are just driving away.
With the new cameras, if you don't pay you'll get a ticket in the mail.
"What's happening is there could be some people that aren't familiar with the system and they may be absent in paying for a session, but there are others that might be avoiding payment," says Troy McLeod with the Calgary Parking Authority. "We're just making sure that those using the facility are paying for their access to the facility."
The authority says people who aren't paying are costing the city more than $1.4 million each year.
The first cameras will be installed in the Centennial Parkade in August.