Sort this parking riddle for me plz....

# Thread: Sort this parking riddle for me plz....

1. ## Sort this parking riddle for me plz....

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.

http://vancouver.ca/streets-transpor...-scooters.aspx

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??

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3. You probably will not get money back, but if Verrus said they would fix it, then they are the authority that collects the money.

4. Originally Posted by CanaganD
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."
what. the city says that their own website is wrong?? what kind of a fucking douchebag lazy ass beaurocratic answer is that? Let me guess, you got some clerk at the front desk telling you that because they couldn't come up with a reasonable answer for you, or because it was too much trouble to refund you the difference right.

those lazy assed bastards...

5. this calls for a jihad against city hall

6. Originally Posted by Booger
what. the city says that their own website is wrong?? what kind of a fucking douchebag lazy ass beaurocratic answer is that? Let me guess, you got some clerk at the front desk telling you that because they couldn't come up with a reasonable answer for you, or because it was too much trouble to refund you the difference right.

those lazy assed bastards...
This is exactly what I was thinking... but I wanted to know if others experience the same 25% rate at other meters first....

7. So you're the guy with the grey K1300R I see parked there all the time on my way to work at Bentall. Nice bike!
May have to PM you and get you to convince me to buy one

8. Originally Posted by Æon
So you're the guy with the grey K1300R I see parked there all the time on my way to work at Bentall. Nice bike!
May have to PM you and get you to convince me to buy one
wait... grey?? Hmm, you're going to have to take a pic of this bike and post it. Mine's white!

(I'm curious because I have never seen another K13r on the road, EVER!)

9. Originally Posted by CanaganD
wait... grey?? Hmm, you're going to have to take a pic of this bike and post it. Mine's white!

(I'm curious because I have never seen another K13r on the road, EVER!)
Maybe he's trying to tell you it needs a wash....

.... and on topic, sorry I'm rarely downtown... when I'm there, my experience has been mixed, generally paying less than 50% of the posted meter rate when paying by phone, but I suspect that car-folk at those meters would also pay less than 100% by phone because the rates didn't align phone vs physical meter.

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