Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

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

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