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Digital parking meters begin operating this week

Some 1,500 digital parking meters began operating on Monday in the central canton of San José, starting at 10 a.m.

The new system for parking on public roads, implemented by the municipality, aims to eliminate the parking ticket system in the central canton of the capital.

Digital parking meters accept debit and credit cards, and those not wanting to use personal bank accounts can pay by sending an SMS from cellphones.

In order to use cellphones as a payment method, motorists must first create a parking account at a local bank, which will assign a Personal Identification Number (PIN).

Public officials inaugurated the new parking system at 10 a.m. in a brief act in front of the Foreign Ministry in downtown San José.

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