REVERSE PARKING METER DECISION
OUR city has been hot-wired with HCC’s tantalising, unforgiving robotic parking meters. Don’t be surprised if you have had problems. We are all in the same boat.
We must carefully remember the four-digit parking bay number, otherwise you will need to return to your parking bay for the code again.
Glare was there, so try on a non-sunny or cloudy day, but even this would be cold comfort.
Seeing double, the prompts were overlapping half the time. Nobody could make sense of the lettering or words.
Which credit cards to use or coins was another riddle to work out.
These modern parking machines are so complex — we shouldn’t need to be rocket scientists to use them.
After playing around with one machine for a few minutes, I felt so frustrated without a result that I gave up and went home.
It’s a complete debacle and a colossal waste of precious ratepayers’ dollars. The HCC aldermen, parking planners and technicians responsible for this fiasco must be held accountable. Technology is not going forward here. Again there’s just too many hurdles and setbacks.
This is not what the people of Hobart should be suffering. There are just too many testimonies against these contraptions. Unsavoury and condemning experiences are forthcoming on a daily basis. Car owners and motorists won’t bother coming to town or the CBD at all.
As flyspray keeps the flies away from foul meat, so will these complex parking gizmos keep motorists away from shopping in the CBD.
We must simplify the parking meter system back to what it was. Wayne McDonald Taroona