California State University, Sacramento, is trying out a new pay-by-phone system that will allow students to park for 35 cents daily on the first two days of school.
University officials are hoping that the new electronic payment system will catch on. After registering a vehicle's license plate information, motorists can pay for parking using a smartphone app or by dialing a number.
"We're at the leading edge of this pay-by-plate movement," said Tony Lucas, senior director of the school's parking services, in a news release. "Pay-and-display is kind of a dying technology."
Pay-and-display refers to traditional paper permits, which are purchased at kiosks and displayed on a vehicle's dashboard.
At CSUS, parking is $6 for a day permit and $3 for a two-hour pass. On Sept. 3 and Sept. 4, the charges will be waived, but a 35-cent convenience fee will still apply.
According to the university, enforcement officers will first check to see if there is a permit in the window of the car.
If not, they will verify whether an "electronic permit" has been purchased using the license plate information.
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