NYC Residents Will Soon Feed Meters by Phone

NEW YORK (AP/Hamodia) -

Motorists in New York City will be able to pay for metered parking via a smartphone app by the end of the year, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday in a preview of his State of the City address.

Drivers will be able to sign up with their credit card and license plate number on the app and then punch in the muni meter number to pay. The app also will warn motorists when the meter is about to expire.

“No more fumbling for change or scrambling to the meter to beat a ticket. This is a 21st century upgrade that is going to make parking a lot more convenient,” de Blasio said.

The technology will enable drivers to park without stopping to print out receipts, and will be enforced with devices that immediately determine if a car has paid. Muni meters will continue running and drivers who don’t use all the time will get a partial refund.

De Blasio is scheduled to deliver his annual address on Thursday evening.