Pay-by-phone parking rolls out in Morristown

Greg Deal of the Morristown Parking Authority demonstrates Pay By Phone app, June 2021. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Motorists now can pay by phone at parking meters across Morristown.

All it takes is the free PayByPhone app, said Greg Deal, facilities director for the Morristown Parking Authority.

“If it’s raining or snowing, cold or hot, you don’t have to get out of your car” to insert your credit card put coins into meters, Deal said.

Numbers on Morristown parking meters can be entered into PayByPhone app for easy payment. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

You simply create an account on the app, linked to your credit card. Each meter in town is posted with a unique number. You enter that number into the app, tell it how much time you want, and you’re all set, Deal said.

When you’re shopping or dining in town, the app can alert you when your meter is running low.  You can add time remotely, up to the maximum time allowed for that space. If you have bought one hour in a two-hour space, for example, you can add up to one more hour if needed.

The app will tell you the rate and hours of operation for that particular meter. If it’s a space that prohibits parking in the morning (a loading zone, say), you will know because the app won’t let you pay if you attempt it during those periods.

“It’s a convenience program for our customers,” Deal said of PayByPhone. Parking rates are not changing, although the app company charges 25 cents per transaction.

Customers quickly can access records of their transactions, handy for filing business reports or resolving disputes.

PayByPhone is owned by Volkswagen Financial Services AG. The app can be used at 700 meters in Morristown, and in many other cities, Deal said. It’s available for download from Google Play and the Apple Store.

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