Parking app fee going down from 40 cents to 30 cents

That service fee motorists pay to use the Stationnement de Montreal parking meter app is going to be a little cheaper as of today.

The fee is going down to 30 cents from 40 cents.

The parking authority says it was always their intent to lower the fees once they'd paid off the development costs.

The app allows motorists to pay remotely for a parking space via their smartphones or the web.

Since the app was launched two years ago, 340,000 users have signed up and they've made over 5.3-million transactions so far, totalling over two million dollars in service fees.

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  1. David posted on 06/04/2014 11:48 AM This comment was edited by a moderator at 02:43 PM on 06/04/2014
    This is double dipping a standard practice in Quebec!!! Tax on tax and fees on fees!
    I have never seen anywhere else charge for using app when your already paying for a service.
    2 million dollars to run and maintain the app? Sounds like a another standard in Quebec big bonuses and unionized employees! Can we get access to information to get actrual figures?
    1. joeN posted on 06/04/2014 03:18 PM
      @David It's not only a Quebec thing, it's a how can we get more from users thing. Take a look at your Bell, Rogers, Hydro, bills and spot all the creative extra charges that have evolved over the years. Additionally, have you noticed how consumer goods are getting less in the same package format as before but charged the same price, in effect a price increase. How about Canada's darling confused retailer, Canadian Tire, and the shop material charges they ding you with when you get your car serviced (if your a big enough sucker to get your car serviced there).
  2. GT posted on 06/04/2014 01:21 PM
    Why is it not free??? They should make it as easy as possible to pay the meter not use it as another excuse to milk more of the users.
  3. daemoncan posted on 06/04/2014 04:57 PM
    Why should it cost ANYTHING to pay using the app? It saves the parking authority money by reducing the frequency of visits from the service crews to empty the machines (and sometimes into their pockets). "Pay me - to pay me". Classic Quebec double-dip. Pay the development costs out of the savings.
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