Park Cedar Rapids, the city of Cedar Rapids’ parking department, will soon be scanning the license plates of cars parked on downtown streets. Leaders announced a new technology on Monday that they believe will encourage parking space turnover and help them collect unpaid parking tickets.
Jon Rouse, general manager of Park Cedar Rapids, said there are currently no plans to use the license plate recognition cameras to identify expired spaces. “We are really focusing on better collections, versus writing more tickets. We will be out there trying to actively collect those outstanding revenues,” he said.
Rouse added that the definition of “outstanding revenues” typically involves five or more more unpaid parking citations.
Rouse said he is also hopeful the technology will help generate more parking turnover downtown, so businesses consistently have available parking for customers. “They are paying for the meter, and then in some cases they are paying for the meter again. There is actually a parking policy in place that requires them to move from that block space,” he said.
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