Single Space

By: Mac Kay Meters  09-12-2011
Keywords: Meters, Housings, Consumable Materials

 Single Space Solutions

When deciding whether to install Single Space meters or Multi Space pay stations, it is important to consider the Pros and Cons of each solution.  Here are the Pros and Cons of Single Space meters:

  • Public awareness
  • Simple enforcement
  • Cost effective – once paid for, meters have very little overhead and operating costs
  • Maintenance is simple and inexpensive
  • If the mechanism goes down, only one space is lost
  • Less attractive to vandals
  • Meters are proven and reliable
  • Less consumable materials
  • More environmentally friendly with alkaline battery
  • Good battery performance; replacement batteries are inexpensive
  • Meter is located right next to parking space
  • Can accept coins and smart cards (new wirless meter also accepts credit cards)
  • No additional marking of space numbers required
  • Can be dressed with decorative posts and bases to enhance the local streetscape
  • Motorcycle and convertible car friendly
  • Easy to identify special purpose parking spaces, ie. Disabled parking


  • Poles unsightly, especially without decorative covers
  • Harder to administer collection - have to visit and open each meter to collect coins
  • Older meters are more labour to audit (new wireless meters are much easier)

The MacKay Guardian™ X Series Mechanism

The MacKay Guardian™ X Series is MacKay’s next generation of electronic mechanisms. The X, XL and XLE are tough, reliable and accurate. Features include:

 The MacKay MKH-Series Housings

MacKay Meters produces some of the strongest, most secure, vandal-resistant meter housings in the industry today.

From our top-of-the-line MKH 4500, constructed completely of Ductile iron, to the more affordable iron-zinc MKH4000, MacKay has the products and experiance to find the right housing product to fit your needs.

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Other products and services from Mac Kay Meters


Pay and Display

This means that multiple meters and lots can be effectively and efficiently monitored remotely from a central location where all alerts, transactions and information related to the Multi can be maintained. Pay and Display: In this mode, a customer purchases parking time and receives a printed ticket indicating the ticket expiry time, which is then placed and displayed on the paying customer’s car dashboard.


MacKay Guardian Multi Elite

The confirm button flashes green and doubles as a start up button on solar powered Elites that are in "sleep mode" to conserve power. The colour display allows for graphic icons and images to be added, providing a means to personalize the pay stations. Accepted payment types include coins, bills, credit cards, non-pin debit cards and smart cards. The pay station currently can be set to Pay & Display mode or Pay by Space mode.


Multi Space

When deciding whether to install single space meters or multi-space pay stations, it is important to consider the Pros and Cons of each solution. The MacKay Guardian™ Multi is our highly versatile and extremely reliable pay station. The MacKay Guardian™ Multi Elite is our newest pay station. Higher capital costs than single-space meters.


MKH Series Housings

From our top-of-the-line MKH 4500, constructed completely of ductile iron, to the more affordable iron-zinc MKH 4000, MacKay has the products and experience to find the right housings to fit your needs. The MKH 4500 is our top-of-the-line vandal-resistent single space housing completely constructed of durable ductile iron with special tapered design for increased strength and security.


X Series Meters

The parking meter mechanisms manufactured by MacKay are not only some of the most technologically advanced in the world, but they also have a proven track record of dependable performance. MacKay was the first parking meter manufacturer to produce a fully electronic parking meter, some of which are still deployed in areas with the most extreme climates worldwide. MacKay’s patented SmartChute™ coin validation technology.