July 11, 2014 7:51 pm
Updated: July 11, 2014 10:53 pm

RQHR replacing problem-plagued parking ticket machines

REGINA – The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region is replacing two broken parking ticket machines, one at Pasqua Hospital and the other at the Regina General, after years of problems.

“You can always look back and second guess, should we have replaced it a year ago? Perhaps with the record, it might indicate that it would have been prudent at the time. But you make the best choices at the time, and we made the choice to replace the equipment now,” said Mike Higgins, vice president of human resources and communications for RQHR.

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The parking ticket machines have been broken for nearly two weeks, though they have been broken frequently before.

The unit that takes debit and credit cards has been out of commission for months.

At the moment, visitors need to find a spot, park, and then take a ticket from a parking attendant.

Visitors who park at night and leave in the morning – or when the parking booth is staffed again – pay based on the honour system.

But the machines are now getting replaced.

“It costs a lot of money to replace equipment like that. We want to make sure that we get maximum use out of our current investment, and when we reach a point that it becomes obvious it needs to be replaced, we replace it,” said Higgins.

The machines are to be replaced as soon as possible.

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