Truckee parking meters moving into the car |

Truckee parking meters moving into the car

Ryan Salm/Sierra SunThe Town of Truckee will begin sales of in-car parking meters on Monday. The meter's can be turned on and off from inside your vehicle instead of using curbside parking machines in downtown Truckee.

Downtown Truckee shoppers will soon be able to use the parking meter before leaving the car.

The Town of Truckee will begin distributing in-car parking meters for the downtown paid-parking area on Monday. The device will hang from the rear-view-mirror while the vehicle is parked in a paid-parking area, deducting from a pre-paid amount ” customers can purchase from $10 to $200 at a time ” said Truckee Parking Services Manager Kelly Beede.

“It gets turned on when you leave the car and off when you get back,” Beede said. “It alleviates the need to go to a meter ” we’re trying to provide a convenient, flexible alternative.”

The unit will cost $55, and includes a 25 percent discount on the town’s parking rates, she said.

The meter is programmed to shut off after four hours, the current time limit for downtown Truckee, she said.

Beede said each unit will have a pin number, so if the meter is stolen, no one else can use it.

Parking enforcement will be able to see the meter running through the windshield, but in the event of a big snowstorm, Beede said they won’t issue tickets for meters not visible under the snow.

Parking services employees will be able to reload credit in the meter and replace batteries, which should last two to five years, Beede said.

She said other similar communities using in-car meters include Aspen, Colo, and Park City, Utah.

Debbi Kirkwood, the office manager for parking enforcement in Aspen, said the in-car units have been a success.

“We love them ” they’ve been great,” Kirkwood said.

Downtown Truckee merchants had mixed opinions regarding the in-car meters ” including that some had not yet heard of them.

Sandy O’Connor, owner of Molly’s Cupboard, said she didn’t think the units would be very popular.

“We are hardly even doing the [Smart] cards,” O’Connor said.

She said that many locals just look for the free spots, and she didn’t know of a business that attracts locals on a consistent basis to make an in-car meter worth it.

Sue Moule and Julie Tenorio, co-owners of Gratitudes Gifts and Home Decor, were more optimistic about the meters.

“I already have customers waiting for them,” Moule said. “The discount is going to be great, but it’s the convenience in inclement weather and everything ” I think it will be fabulous.”

Tenorio said she thinks it is a great idea but wishes the unit itself cost less money.

The town has 100 units and a list of about 30 interested people, Beede said.

She said the town may get more in-car paid-parking devices, depending on their popularity. They make great stocking stuffers, too, she said.

For more information go to the Truckee Parking Division in Town Hall or contact Beede at 582-2915.

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