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Victoria gives thumbs up to free evening parking in parkades

Downtown Victoria city-owned parkades will soon be free in the evenings after council approved a long-awaited parking update last night.

As of Sept. 15, parking in the city's five parkades – about 1,800 spaces – will be free after 6 p.m., while on-street parking in close proximity to those parkades will increase from $2.50 to $3 hourly. The charge for on-street parking in lesser-used areas will likely decrease.

Standardized parking rates are also being implemented in parkades at $2 hourly after one hour of automatic free parking during working hours. Monthly parkade users will also be shifted to the upper parkade floors.

The new regulations also remove the ability of Capital Regional District directors to park at metres spaces without charge, however that privilege will still be respected in parkades.

See the full staff report here and a map of current city parking options below.

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