So I've been trying to figure this out for some time. Two calls to Verrus pay by phone and the City of Vancouver has left me more confused.
SO! Here's the scenario:
Motorcycles get to park at meters for half price (off the rate listed on the meter) if they use pay by phone. Then there are motorcycle meters that are are (usually) half the rate of the adjacent regular meter. The curve ball is: that the City of Vancouver web page states that at MOTORCYCLE meters if you pay by phone, you get half of the listed rate on the meter. Since the meter is already 50% off of a regular rate and you get a further 50% off by paying by phone, motocycle parker using pay by phone at a motorcycle meter, pays effectively 25% of what a car would pay at the regular meter.
Now, I've had this 25% rate for a long time on the corner of Homer and Dunsmir (last 6 months) while I worked at Accenture.
However, I parked at the corner of the Shangrila for the last couple of days. Its motorcycle meter says $2.00 per 60 minutes. What's the expected rate if I pay by phone? Should be $1.00 per hour right? Effectively $8 a day, right? Except I'm billed $16 a day. Unfortunately, I don't really have any where else to park since the free motorcycle parking space right next to my building is being paved over.
I called Verrus. And they said they understand the problem I've described them and will fix it right away. Cool
I called City of Vancouver to get my money refunded ($8x4 = $32 that I'm missing out on). BUT they said "OHHH nonono, you got lucky at the other meter. You get no discount if you pay by phone at a motorcycle meter rate. Yes, the web page is wrong."
My question: Since I don't want to leave my desk and tour down town Vancouver trying out every motorcycle meter, could someone tell me what their experiences were with pay by phone at a motorcycle meter??