Parking app offers a new way to pay
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.
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The AT Park app allows motorists to pay for Auckland Council carparks using their mobile phones.