Brian Walker, Communications Manager, 509.625.6765
Friday, January 20, 2023 at 3:43 p.m.
In today’s digital world, every digit and keystroke matters as we evolve with the on-street paid parking system. The City accepts various forms of payment for on-street parking. When using the ParkMobile app, customers need to input their license plate number. That number is the identification for the vehicle being parked. Parking enforcement specialists use that exact data when doing compliance checks.
You may be wondering why we can’t compare the make, model and color of the car with the incorrect license plate number and “call it good” if it’s close and assume they are correct. This exact number is the identification for the vehicle, similar to a phone or credit card number or an email address. Using correct data and information is critical to the use of License Plate Recognition technology because it will be the only information that is collected.
If the license plate number on the vehicle that is parked does not match what was entered for payment, a ticket for non-payment may be issued. (SMC 16A.05.280)
Park Smart Using the App Tips:
See below for examples of types of license plates.