Time to park that ticket
Cody Dunstan-Brown supports a new app that makes it easier to pay for parking in Lower Hutt.
PayMyPark allows users to pay for their parking by smart phone or computer.
Dunstan-Brown works in the central city and regularly parks in the council’s Riverbank Carpark. He finds paying by credit card a major hassle.
‘‘That (PayMyPark) is just awesome. I will definitely use it. These meters always takes forever to read my (eftpos) card. They are quite hopeless, really.’’
PayMyPark has a start-stop function so drivers only pay for the exact time they use.
It is available for all council owned street-parking including the Riverbank Carpark, which means drivers no longer have to trudge to the council’s Administration Building to buy a monthly pass.
The system is already in use in Wellington.
The app is free to download from the iTunes Apple Store and Google Play.
You can choose to be a pay-asyou-go casual user or set up a PayMyPark account.
It also eliminates the need to display a ticket on the dashboard.
Parking officers enter the vehicle’s registration number into their tablet and the parking details show up on their screen.
Current payment options for parking fees, including cash, credit card and text, are all still available.
Council spokeswoman Alex Todd said the app offered users a much more time-efficient way to manage their parking.
As well as PayMyPark, Wellington residents can also use Phone2park, which also runs off an app.
To reduce the transaction fees collected by banks, Todd recommends that that anyone using PayMyPark should set up an account.
Account users benefit from lower transaction fees and 95 per cent of the app’s users chose to set up an account, she said.