Pay by Plate Meters Replace Pay and Display Meters
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The Parking Authority has replaced Baltimore's old Pay and Display meters with Pay by License Plate meters using two vendors - IPS and Flowbird. With these new meters, you do not need to return to your car to display the receipt on your dash to avoid getting a ticket. Instead, you enter your license plate number, pay for the amount of time you'd like to park on that block, and go to your destination.
A total of 830 pay-by-plate meters have been installed. They still accept coins, credit, and debit cards. Parking duration limits and hours of operation have not changed.
Parkers who move their cars to another block are required to pay for another session at the parking meter on that block and must follow all posted parking restrictions.
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IPS Pay by Plate Parking Meter
Flowbird Pay by Plate Parking Meter
How They Work
These new Pay by License Plate meters wirelessly send the license plate number with the parking time purchased to Parking Enforcement, a division within the Baltimore City Department of Transportation.
Download Directions on how to operate the meter.
No Need to Place Receipt on Dashboard
In locations where these new meters are installed, parkers will no longer have to return to their vehicle to place a printed receipt on their dashboard. Parkers enter their license plate number, pay for the time they would like to park using coins or a credit card, and walk away. There is no need to return to your vehicle.
If needed, parkers can print or email themselves a receipt from the meter.
The new meters also make it easier for motorcycle riders, who have a difficult time displaying their paper receipts; and people with disabilities who will not have to return to their vehicle once they’ve paid.
Payment Methods/Hours of Operation
The new parking meters will still accept coins and credit cards. Hours of operation and hourly rates are not affected by the new parking meters.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Parking Meter Enforcement Resumed July 13, 2020
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New Rates in Central Downtown
Go to the Demand-Based Parking Meter Rate Setting webpage.
Pay by Cell Phone Coming Soon
Go to Parking Authority Blog to learn more.
You don’t have to pay the parking meters on the following days because most businesses are closed:
- New Year’s Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
Single Space Meters
But not every single space parking meter can be replaced with a multi-space EZ Park Meter. Some blocks have just two or three meters or there isn't enough curb space to place an EZ Park Meter.
Early in 2014, hundreds of new single-space parking meters that accept credit cards, as well as coins, replaced many of the old parking meters throughout Baltimore. Now, drivers can park in these areas with the same ease and convenience they have grown to enjoy since the debut of EZ Park Meters in 2004.
Problems with single-space meters can be reported by calling (410) 396-1881.
Project SPACE launched in Phase 1 of Baltimore City on July 10, 2014. We continue to add more areas to Project SPACE. Go to www.morespace4all.com to find the most current information. There you will find maps of the areas where this program is in effect. Station North and Midtown launched on July 23, 2018.
Project SPACE does four things:
- Reserves on-street parking spaces for people with disabilities in metered areas.
- Installs accessible single-space parking meters at the reserved spaces
- Retrofits existing multi-space EZ Park meters to meet most current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
- Requires payment from everyone parking at ADA accessible meters.
Parking with a disability placard or plates OUTSIDE of Project SPACE:
If your disability tag/plate is displayed and you are parking outside of Phase 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 boundaries, you are entitled to park at an on-street parking meter for double the meter duration limit (not to exceed four hours) without payment.
Example: if the parking meter’s duration limit is one hour, you may park for two hours; if the meter duration limit is two hours, you may park for four hours; if the meter duration limit is four hours, you may only park for four hours.
Parking Ticket Adjudication
We do not issue parking tickets nor do we adjudicate them. Please call the Bureau of Treasury Management/Collections at (410) 396-4080.
Parking Ticket Collection
We do not issue parking tickets nor do we collect parking ticket fines. Please call the Bureau of Treasury Management/Collections at (410) 396-4080.
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