The US subsidiary of Wiltshire-based Metric Parking has won a competitive bid to supply parking machines as well as separate contracts for maintenance and back office computer hosting.
Metric Inc of New Jersey will be installing the 20 parking machines in an area around the courthouse of Norristown, Pennsylvania, in late summer.
The 20 machines will replace 63 parking meters in the area and add 70 new on-street parking spaces. They will initially accept coins and paper money for payment though the intention is for credit cards to be accepted in the future.
The parking spaces around the courthouse will be numbered by Norristown public works so that users can register their parking payment at the machine.
The council has increased parking fees to $2 per hour around the courthouse and to $1.50 per hour elsewhere in the municipality. Officials estimate $252,000 in new parking revenue will be generated over a one year period with about $60,000 expected before the end of the year.
The machines for Norristown will be manufactured at Metric’s Swindon factory and shipped out to the States.