Park­ing app of­fers a new way to pay

Central Leader - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - SHANI WIL­LIAMS

Auck­land Coun­cil col­lected $30 mil­lion in park­ing tick­ets last year but a new smart­phone app could slash that fig­ure and save mo­torists a small for­tune, users say.

Auck­land Trans­port’s (AT) cash­less AT Park app, which launched earlier this year, al­lows mo­torists to pay for their park­ing en­tirely through their mo­bile phone.

To date more than 14,000 Auck­lan­ders have reg­is­tered and about 1000 trans­ac­tions are made us­ing the app each day.

Mount Eden res­i­dent Emma Fern said she was sav­ing hun­dreds of dol­lars on park­ing tick­ets since down­load­ing the app.

‘‘It’s fantastic - as long as you have your mo­bile phone on you, it is pretty much im­pos­si­ble to get a park­ing ticket,’’ Fern said.

Users up­load their credit card de­tails and car reg­is­tra­tion to their My AT ac­count.

The app shows where va­cant Auck­land Coun­cil parks are lo­cated and al­lows mo­torists to pay for their park­ing by tag­ging on and off us­ing their phones.

When mo­torists are ready to leave their carpark, they stop their ses­sion on the app and are charged for the ex­act amount of time they parked minute.

The in­for­ma­tion is sent to a de­vice used by park­ing of­fi­cers, so there is no need to visit a park­ing ma­chine, print out a ticket and dis­play it on your dash­board.

The app can be used across AT’s 5000 pay and dis­play parks across the city.

Mem­bers of so­cial net­work­ing site Neigh­bourly had pos­i­tive feed­back.

Mount Eden’s Matthew Gor­don said he was pleased AT Park did not to charge a trans­ac­tion fee.

Other park­ing com­pany charged fees for trans­ac­tions made us­ing their app.

‘‘If AT Park did this I would stick to coins,’’ he said.

AT spokesman Mark Han­nan said the app was given a bud­get of about $400,000 to be de­vel­oped but blew out to more than $700,000 due to sev­eral ad­di­tions.

One of those ad­di­tions was to in­clude GPS map­ping which al­lowed users to eas­ily find parks.

‘‘Also the abil­ity to link the user’s ex­ist­ing My AT ac­counts was added - so cus­tomers can ac­cess mul­ti­ple AT on­line ser­vices with a sin­gle log in,’’ Han­nan said.

Ma­chines will be slowly re­duced but not elim­i­nated. - down to the

The AT Park app al­lows mo­torists to pay for Auck­land Coun­cil carparks us­ing their mo­bile phones.

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