De­lays with new city park­ing app

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF REPORTER

An app de­signed to re­place payand-dis­play park­ing ma­chines in Auck­land is fac­ing de­lays of sev­eral months.

Auck­land Trans­port’s $300,000 AT Park app was ini­tially set to launch in Septem­ber 2016 but was put off un­til early this year and now post­poned again un­til late Fe­bru­ary or March. The app, which will let peo­ple pay via credit card for on-street park­ing, would even­tu­ally phase out park­ing me­ters in the city.

Users would be able to log their lo­ca­tion and car reg­is­tra­tion and then tag on and off.

Once the app was re­leased AT would ‘‘thin out’’ the num­ber of pay-and-dis­play ma­chines be­fore scrap­ping them al­to­gether over the com­ing years, AT’s park­ing de­sign man­ager Scott Eb­bett said.

He said the app was de­signed for con­ve­nience and to help peo­ple avoid park­ing fines. ’’You don’t have to guess how long you’re go­ing to be. When you get back to the car, stop your ses­sion and you’re done.’’

An AT spokesman said it was ‘‘tech­ni­cally ready’’ for re­lease but they were wait­ing to in­te­grate it with the MyAT por­tal, where peo­ple can top up their HOP cards.

He said the app went through changes after its trial period, while tech­nol­ogy for MyAT was also up­graded. It had so far come in un­der the $300,000 bud­get, he said.

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The AT Park app could of­fer a ma­jor change in the way Auck­lan­ders pay for onstreet park­ing and coun­cil-owned park­ing build­ings.

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