Auck­land Trans­port axes text-a-park

East and Bays Courier - - OUT & ABOUT - JACK­SON THOMAS

Text-a-park is out and ‘‘pay by plate’’ is in as Auck­land Trans­port rolls out new paid park­ing ma­chines.

Auck­land Trans­port (AT) is up­grad­ing more than 800 of its on­street park­ing ma­chines with new tech­nol­ogy.

Mo­torists will punch their ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion num­ber into the new ma­chines and pay with either coins, credit cards or con­tact­less card pay­ments.

About 10 per cent of ma­chines will ac­cept only cards.

AT me­dia re­la­tions man­ager Mark Han­nan said all up, the up­grade would cost AT $3 mil­lion.

They sys­tem will be pa­per­less, mean­ing driv­ers will not re­quire a dis­play ticket to be placed on their wind­screen.

In­stead, en­force­ment of­fi­cers will be able to track how long a car has been parked for elec­tron­i­cally.

Re­ceipts can how­ever be emailed to those who re­quire them.

AT park­ing ser­vices and com­pli­ance group man­ager John Straw­bridge said the ma­chines aimed to make cen­tral city park­ing more con­ve­nient.

‘‘Not only will th­ese new ma­chines save you time, they use tech­nol­ogy that’s very sim­i­lar to the way you pay for ev­ery­day items like cof­fee,’’ Straw­bridge said.

The new ma­chines will re­place text-a-park, which al­lows users to pay for park­ing by text mes­sage.

Cur­rently 15 per cent of paid park­ing trans­ac­tions used texta-park,

‘‘The ma­chines use tech­nol­ogy that's very sim­i­lar to the way you pay for ev­ery­day items’’ John Straw­bridge

but that num­ber had been trend­ing down­ward as peo­ple changed to the AT Park app, Han­nan said.

The app, which had more than 27,000 down­loads, could still be used as way to pay for park­ing.

The App was in­tro­duced in Au­gust 2016.

The new pay by plate ma­chines will be rolled out in stages.

They hit Pon­sonby last week and would be rolled out in New­mar­ket next month, fol­lowed by Par­nell, Kings­land and Re­muera - all be­fore Christ­mas, ac­cord­ing to AT.

The city cen­tre, Taka­puna, Manukau and Eden Ter­race will have the ma­chines in­tro­duced early next year.

Pay by plate park­ing is cur­rently avail­able at the eastern Viaduct and on Jel­li­coe Street.

Auck­land Coun­cil col­lected $30 mil­lion in park­ing tick­ets last year.

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The new ‘‘pay by plate’’ ma­chines have started hit­ting Auck­land streets.

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