Port residents will soon find it easier to purchase their parking permit for Port’s commuter parking lots. The Town of North Hempstead is rolling out new technology that will use a license plate recognition (LPR) system to check cars parked in Port’s commuter lots.
Finding a parking space in Port Washington’s commuter parking lots has been difficult for residents for years. With this new technology, illegally parked cars will be ticketed quickly and efficiently and, hopefully, deter the drivers from continuing to use the lot illegally.
“We are constantly looking at ways to improve the parking experience for our Port Washington residents who utilize one of the busiest train stations in Nassau County,” said North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth. “This new technology will increase the efficiency of our parking permit enforcement in our commuter parking lots and cut overtime costs as well. This will serve as a pilot program and in the future we will be looking to expand the use of this technology throughout the town.”
The LPR automates license plate reading and identification, making it easier for parking districts and municipalities to manage and control parking. Town parking enforcement officers will drive through town parking lots throughout the day and “read” the license plates with a license plate recognition camera mounted on their town vehicles.
The town board adopted a resolution to authorize an agreement with Gtechna USA to provide the town with software and services to establish a paperless parking permit system for the Port Washington Parking District.
“This new initiative will allow Port Washington Parking District residents to acquire their permits and vouchers online from anywhere at any time,” said Supervisor Bosworth. “Not only will this be more convenient for our residents, but it will also save our taxpayers money.”
The new system will save a minimum of $150,000 over 10 years from the Parking District budget, according to town officials.
Residents who purchase the paperless permits will not receive any decals or stickers for their vehicles. Instead, the new system will use the LPR system that reads the cars’ license plates and verifies whether the vehicles are registered with the necessary permits and vouchers.
“I am very excited for the Parking District to implement this convenient and cost-effective parking permit service,” Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio said. “Gtechna will help to alleviate some of the stress of commuter parking, while reducing expenses within the Parking District. I look forward to using ground breaking technology to further assist in resolving parking issues throughout my district.”
The new program is scheduled to commence early this year. Residents can also go to the Parking District office and an employee will assist them in using the Gtechna website to purchase a permit or voucher. Electric vehicles will receive parking rate incentives.
For more information about the Port Washington Parking District, call 311 or go to www.north