By Spencer Seymour
People looking to pay for parking using their smartphone can now do so in Stratford.
Last week, the City of Stratford announced the rollout of HotSpot Parking, a mobile app that allows users to pay for city parking on their cell phone. Motorists can still use coins at the meters where accepted and can still use the pay-by-plate stations in parking lots. The hourly parking rates are also remaining the same.
According to the City, HotSpot allows people to park for parking using their smartphone, receive alerts when their time is about to expire, and top up their parking session remotely. Additionally, the HotSpot app can refund users for unused parking time. For example, if you paid for three hours using a HotSpot meter but only used two hours, you would receive a refund for the unused hour through the app.
There are two membership options depending on how often you park in Stratford. The basic HotSpot account will collect a convenience charge of 20 cents per session, up to $2 per month (the same cost as the monthly membership option). For frequent parkers, an annual $20 membership is available.