'Green' parking

'Green' parking

Car parking in our metros has become a nightmare. The number of cars is ever on the rise but parking remains constant. When it comes to parking, whether in India or abroad, thousands of paper tickets are produced, which leads to wastage of paper and more deforestation. It is, indeed, an environmental catastrophe in itself.

But all is not lost. Vancouver’s International Airport, YVR, has always been a leader in sustainability and made a commitment to environment-friendly solutions for all issues. Effective December, plastic reusable chip-embedded plastic tokens replaced the paper tickets.

So, rather than pulling a paper ticket upon entering YVR’s Parkade or Value Lot, you will now press a green button to receive a plastic token, embedded with a chip that tracks your time. When you are ready to leave the airport, insert the token at an automatic pay station before returning to your vehicle and pay by cash, debit or credit card. Or, take your green token to the Express Exit or cashier to pay as you’re leaving in your vehicle.

The system is user-friendly and parking staff is there to help along the way. Press the intercom button on any of the parking machines and you get the assistance you need. Who said it wasn’t easy being green?

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