A new feature introduced today on the PayByPhone App in Vancouver is meant to allow users the convenience of leaving their car overnight at the meter and being able to pay in advance for parking the next morning.
Known as the “Park Until” feature, the city said it is a great option for overnight shift workers, as well as those who want to avoid looking for alternative options after a night on the town.
“The new feature… is an excellent new tool to ensure that people are able to enjoy the nightlife Vancouver has to offer while ensuring they can get home safely,” said the city’s manager of Engineering Services, Jerry Dobrovolny.
“It’s also a great compliment to TransLink’s recently announced NightBus Hub initiative, and we’re happy to see more options for residents to travel safely around the city,” he added.
The new function allows users to leave their vehicle parked on the street until the next day. Instead of entering the amount of time they want to park at a meter, they can enter the time until when they would like to park.
Prior to the release of this new feature, drivers who parked overnight were required to return to the meter the next morning when paid parking became in effect — either to move their vehicle or add time.
Now, drivers can leave their vehicle for up to the maximum stay at the meter after paid parking comes into effect.
Essentially, this means that drivers can park their vehicle until noon the next day where meters have a three-hour limit.