Paid parking has been in place in downtown Paso Robles for about a month now and drivers are still getting used to the new regulations.
A new parking kiosk and application allow drivers in downtown Paso Robles the ability to register their license plate number for two hours of free parking. Every hour after that costs drivers an additional dollar.
The Paso Robles Police Department has given out only one citation in the month the new rules have been in place. The department says it hopes this helps give the community ample time to get used to the new rules.
"We have the ability to see who has and who hasn't been issued a warning and so if they have not been issued a warning since it started then they're going to get that," said Commander Caleb Davis, Paso Robles Police Department.
Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin believes the paid parking has been most effective at opening up parking availability that was previously occupied by employees of nearby businesses.
There are now five parking lots in the downtown area which allow employees to park for a $5 monthly fee.
The Chamber of Commerce will be sending out a survey this upcoming week to members and non-members in order to get feedback from the community. Residents who want to participate but do not receive a survey in the mail can reach out to the Chamber of Commerce in order to do so or follow this link.
Another measure the Paso Robles Police Department is taking to help simplify the new parking process is giving out key cards which residents can attach to their key chain and write out their license plate number on the back for future reference.