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Three Weeks Left to Swap Parking Permit

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
April 8, 2009

Permit designs.

For everyone who hasn’t turned in their old parking pass for a new one bearing the Thompson Hall logo, here’s a little incentive: next year you could be parking for free.

Anyone with a standard $50 parking permit who makes the swap by the May 1 deadline—including those who already have—will have their names entered into a drawing. The winner gets their 09-10 parking pass renewed at no cost. (Contest rules can be found at http://www.unh.edu/transportation/parking/permitswap3.htm.)

Gathering all the old passes and replacing them with new ones is something that is done every few years to help get invalid or improperly-held permits out of the system. This year the tag has also been redesigned: the Wildcat logo has been replaced with one of T-Hall.

Since January, about half of the old permits have been turned in for new ones. So far the process has gone smoothly, according to Marc Laliberte, operations manager for Parking Services. There have been no lines and no waiting.

This round of getting the new permits out has been easier than in the past, he adds, because employees are being issued the same number. Previously, the new passes also had new numbers, which required setting up a database.

“At the end of the day, it’s a very small imposition.  It takes minutes.  It doesn’t cost anything.  And who knows, it might win you a year’s worth of free parking,” Laliberte says.

To get a new permit, simply go to the parking office in the Visitor Center Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Make sure to bring the old pass with you. All of the swaps have to be done in person; no permits will be mailed.

And don’t worry about getting a ticket in those few minutes it takes to carry your existing permit inside and get the new one. Enforcement officers can remotely look up the plate to know that you have a valid permit.

“Our normally strict policy on that has caused some reluctance for people but you won’t get a ticket for swapping your permit,” Laliberte says.

There is no charge to exchange a tag unless it has not yet been renewed or has been lost. Standard permits are $50. They expire on Aug. 31. Renewal notices are delivered to the home addresses of valid permit holders.

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