Parking meters go high-tech in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH,S C (WMBF) - Parking meter season is alive and well in Myrtle Beach, but if you don't have any coins to spare, the city is giving you a new way to pay.

City spokesman Mark Kruea says a new system allowing drivers to pay for parking by phone has recently been established for Myrtle Beach's parking meters. To use Parkmobile, drivers must have a cell phone, credit card and a car to register.

"Parkmobile is very excited to launch our pay by phone parking service in Myrtle Beach," said Albert Bogaard, CEO of Parkmobile USA, Inc. "With this technology, customers no longer have to search for change or estimate the time needed at their destination. The pay by phone service is an example of another technology that can make our lives easier and more efficient."

A Parkmobile demonstration will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 8 at the Pavilion Parking Garage for those interested in learning more about the system. Instructional stickers will be featured on every parking meter and pay station in Myrtle Beach for easy access.

Sara Engle with Parkmoblie says it really saves drivers money, "[It] saves time, money and it's convenient," she said. "You only pay for the time you use, no more feeding the meter and you can get on with your day."

Officials say the service is free to join.

To use the service, customers can register by calling toll-free, 877-PARK-714, or download a Parkmobile application at parkmobile.com. After setting up the account, customers can immediately start using the system with their registered mobile phone.

Customers also can select the option to receive text message alerts and reminders fifteen minutes before their time expires.

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