In­ner-city park­ing goes hi-tech but coins still OK

Rotorua Daily Post - - OUR PEOPLE - By Alice Guy alice.guy@nzme.co.nz

An hour of free in­ner-city park­ing and a car which scans reg­is­tra­tion plates are part of the new-look Ro­torua park­ing be­ing rolled out over the com­ing weeks.

Park­ing in the city is be­ing over­hauled and new park­ing war­dens, mod­ern pay­ment ma­chines and new pay­ment zones will be rolled out by the end of sum­mer.

Ro­torua Lakes Coun­cil part­nered with ser­vice provider i-Park in May this year as a way to mod­ernise ob­so­lete park­ing gear and ad­dress the in­creased op­er­at­ing costs and de­clin­ing rev­enue.

In Thurs­day’s op­er­a­tions and mon­i­tor­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing, coun­cil group man­ager for op­er­a­tions Henry We­ston, com­mu­nity com­pli­ance team leader Kurt Wil­liams and man­ager of com­mu­nity and reg­u­la­tory ser­vices Neven Hill pre­sented an up­date on what is planned for rolling out the sys­tem.

The new sys­tem is be­ing im­ple­mented in three phases, and stage one is al­ready un­der way with new park­ing war­den staff un­der­go­ing train­ing.

Stage two of the roll­out in­volves a ‘scan car’ hit­ting the streets. The car is fit­ted with a cam­era which scans car reg­is­tra­tion plates.

We­ston said the car would be on the road in the next cou­ple of weeks, ini­tially check­ing for out-of­date reg­is­tra­tions and war­rants of fit­ness.

As the new park­ing me­ters are rolled out, from mid-Novem­ber, the car would also scan for ve­hi­cles which haven’t paid for park­ing or have gone over the time they’ve paid for.

The car then com­mu­ni­cated di­rectly with the park­ing war­dens.

The first group of 10 park­ing ter­mi­nals will be in­stalled from next month with the re­main­der to be in­stalled by the end of Jan­uary.

Wil­liams said the ma­chines were very good qual­ity and in­cluded sev­eral pay­ment op­tions.

The new-look ter­mi­nals are so­lar-pow­ered, with a 18cm dig­i­tal screen, which mo­torists can use to in­put car reg­is­tra­tion num­bers, in­stead of a pay-and-dis­play.

Pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion found many driv­ers wanted to still use coins, so half the ter­mi­nals will be able to take coins. All of the ter­mi­nals will be able to ac­cept debit and credit cards with chips or pay­wave.

“What we’re look­ing for is these ma­chines to re­place the ap­prox­i­mately 800 me­ters cur­rently out in the city, there’ll be about 76 of these new ma­chines out on the street,” Wil­liams said. “The key dif­fer­ence is to move away from a stan­dard pay and dis­play, to a pay by plate sys­tem in­stead.”

There will be one ter­mi­nal for ev­ery 20 parks and where a ma­chine does not take coins, there will be one lo­cated across the road that does, he said.

Ad­di­tional func­tions will be in­tro­duced af­ter the sys­tem is fully im­ple­mented and run­ning well.

This in­cludes the abil­ity to pay us­ing a park­ing app, the abil­ity to pro­mote in­for­ma­tion such as no­tices and events on the dig­i­tal screen and the op­tion to use mul­ti­ple lan­guages such as te reo.

Park­ing pol­icy and fee set­ting re­main with the coun­cil and the new park­ing zones will take ef­fect as the scheme rolls out, in­clud­ing an hour of free park­ing down­town.

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