Park­ing in city - try out new app

Waikato Times - - News - LIBBY WIL­SON

If a lack of coins stops you park­ing on the street, you might like Hamil­ton’s new park­ing app.

PayMyPark is part of coun­cil’s ‘‘two hours free in the CBD’’ scheme, which be­gan at the start of Oc­to­ber. Some peo­ple are still feed­ing the meters out of habit, but now don’t need to un­til the third or sub­se­quent hour – when the rate jumps to $6. The other op­tion is to use the app, which was down­loaded about 1000 times in the first week of the trial. Down­load PayMyPark

It’s free and on the Ap­ple App Store or Google Play. You’ll need to en­ter your details and add some credit.

❚ Find a spot

Be­fore you leave, bring up what coun­cil’s park­ing team leader John Pur­cell calls a heat map in­di­ca­tor of where you’re most likely to find a park. ❚ Park

If you’re park­ing for un­der two hours (and haven’t used up your free CBD time for the day), you don’t have to do any­thing. If you ex­pect to be longer, you have two op­tions, and you need to en­ter the bay num­ber which should be on the kerb.

Fixed pe­riod: Pay for a set pe­riod, by 15-minute in­ter­vals.

Start-stop: Press start when you park. Be warned - the app will put a hold on the cost to park the rest of the day, or tell you how long you can stay with the credit you have. When you get back to your car and press stop, the app will re­fund ev­ery­thing ex­cept the time which you have used. If you stayed for un­der two hours, you will get a full re­fund.

Two hours free in the CBD is a nine-month trial. PayMyPark is also used by Tau­ranga, Welling­ton and Hutt City Coun­cils, and New Ply­mouth and Ti­maru district coun­cils.


Hamil­ton now has an app that you can use to search and pay for park­ing in the CBD.

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