Parking Meters: Toronto Hospitals Upgrade Meters to Accept New Lighter Toonies & Loonies

Update: see previous post – May 7, 2012 Couple Made Unsuccessful Attempts at Placing New Lighter Toonie/Loonies Into Hospital Parking Meter and Receive $49 Ticket For Their Effort, April 28, 2012 Hamilton Will Upgrade Their Parking Meters and Pay and Display Parking Machines, April 26, 2012 Toronto Parking Authority to Upgrade Parking Meters, Allowing Meters to Accept Loonies/Toonies – Increase in Rates to Follow

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Anke Wallert leans on a parking machine at North York General Hospital's Branson site, where she and husband Alexander Nairn got a parking ticket because the machine wouldn't accept their new loonies and toonies. Hospitals around the GTA are now upgrading their parking machines.Anke Wallert leans on a parking machine at North York General Hospital’s Branson site, where she and husband Alexander Nairn got a parking ticket because the machine wouldn’t accept their new loonies and toonies. Hospitals around the GTA are now upgrading their parking machines. Richard Lautens/Toronto Star

Toronto-area hospitals are upgrading their parking meters to accommodate new loonies and toonies.

“Some machines have already been fixed to accept the new coins,” said Marcelo Gomez-Wiuckstern, spokesperson for North York General Hospital.

The hospital is in talks with Precise Parklink, the contractor that manages its parking lot, to update all its meters, Gomez-Wiuckstern said. In the meantime, Parklink has put up signs notifying customers that the outdated meters are incompatible with the coins, he added.

Alexander Nairn, 87, whose wife, Anke Wallert, received a $49 ticket last week after parking meters at North York General’s Branson site rejected her new loonies and toonies, said the upgrades are “belated.”

“Why didn’t they do it when the coins came out, which is how long ago?”

The Royal Canadian Mint began issuing the revamped coins in April. They are manufactured with multi-ply plated steel technology and weigh less than their alloy predecessors.

After the Star published an article about the incident, Parklink cancelled Nairn’s ticket, he said.

Parklink has been working on updating its 7,000 to 8,000 meters for the past couple of weeks, according to Tony Vit, the company’s regional manager.

“We’ve already rolled that out,” he said.

Toronto East General Hospital is also looking to update its meters in light of the Star’s article, said spokesperson Angela Pappaianni. Unit Park, an external contractor, manages the hospital’s parking.

“What we’re talking to them about is to make sure the machines are compatible or work with the new toonies and loonies,” she said, adding that the hospital has not yet received complaints

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