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.

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