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Some Still Unhappy With OC Inlet Pay By Plate System

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OCEAN CITY, MD-Over a year ago Ocean City switched its parking system in the Inlet to a pay-by-plate system. 

While some believe the switch is easier, others say the system is confusing, like Jody Cox who said, “Entering the parking lot, they need to tell us with more signs that we need to have our license available, the numbers so maybe we can take a picture of it on our phone. I wrote it on my hand," she said.

But the Town of Ocean City says they have increased signage, and around 95 percent of people have used the system correctly since the change has taken place. 

Some, like James Spector says he supports the switch. “I’ve used these systems before, but yeah it saves time, and I can use my credit card, everything’s great, got my ticket right here," he said.

But Ocean City officials says the transition has not always been a smooth one. Ashley Miller Deputy of Communications  with the Ocean City Police Department said since the switch took place last April, nearly 53,281 parking fine invoices have gone out.

“The two biggest complaints we’re seeing is people are putting in their license plate, but they may not be putting in that information correctly. The other option we’re seeing is that if you pay a dollar fifty which is the default screen, they’re not adjusting the time for the amount of time they’re in the inlet parking lot.”

The town says they are still working to add additional signage to help ease the confusion even more.

City Engineer Terry McGean said, “This off season we have money in the budget, we’re going to add a very large what we call VMS, variable message sign to just add to the clarity and the instructions in the inlet lot," he said.

Most people who have trouble with the system, or do not pay are charged a $25.00 fee by OCPD. This fee includes processing the invoice, and tracking down your license plate information from the DMV, or MVA. 



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