Starting April 1, Utility Companies
Will Have to Pay for Metered Parking Downtown
March 12, 2013
PORTSMOUTH, NH - Starting April 1, all commercial vehicles parking in the downtown will be required to pay for parking at the current rate. For the past several years Portsmouth has allowed vehicles belonging to utility companies to park for free in the downtown while performing official maintenance and service operations. In fairness to those commercial enterprises that currently pay to park in the downtown, and the need to make every space count in generating revenue to support parking improvements, the city is ending that practice March 31.
Maintenance and service personnel who expect to complete work within the hourly limit of a particular space may simply pay through the pay and display terminals or single space meters. For vehicles expecting to exceed the hourly limit for their space, service personnel will need to purchase commercial meter bags per the city ordinance for commercial parking. These meter bags are available at the city parking clerk's office at the Portsmouth City Hall located at 1 Junkins Ave.
An alternative to paying at the meter is to purchase the new EasyPark, in-vehicle parking meters. These allow drivers to pay for only the time used. Cost of the device is $19.95 each and commercial accounts, providing for multiple devices, are available at www.easyparkusa.com. Currently, Portsmouth devices may also be used in Dover. The company plans to eventually expand that community consortium to include Manchester, Concord, Hampton, Durham and other seacoast communities. Devices may be ordered online or purchased at the Portsmouth Parking Clerk's office.
Those with questions may contact Tom Cocchiaro, parking operations supervisor; at (603) 766-1440 or tacocchiaro@cityofportsmouth; or Mark Nelson, parking and transportation director, at (603) 766-1415 or firstname.lastname@example.org.