App al­lows pay­ment for park­ing me­ters

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - HAMISH MA­CLEAN

PAY­ING to park in Oa­maru just got eas­ier.

The Waitaki Dis­trict Coun­cil has ap­proved a new pay­ment sys­tem for park­ing me­ters.

PayMyPark is an on­line ser­vice or mo­bile phone app, which peo­ple park­ing in Oa­maru’s cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict can now use to pay for park­ing.

The town’s 47 park­ing ma­chines, which were ex­pected to last un­til 2023, could ac­cept cash, text or credit card. How­ever, this would give peo­ple an­other op­tion, coun­cil en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices man­ager Ja­son Evered said.

The sys­tem, al­ready used in Dunedin and Ti­maru, al­lows mo­torists to top up and pay from an ac­count.

Peo­ple can also top up an ex­pired park­ing meter if, for ex­am­ple, a hair­cut is tak­ing longer than ex­pected.

At last month’s her­itage, en­vi­ron­ment and reg­u­la­tory com­mit­tee meet­ing, Mr Evered re­ported that af­ter a pe­riod of un­ac­cept­able lev­els of faulty park­ing ma­chines, ‘‘for the last few weeks, the park­ing ma­chines have been work­ing cor­rectly with very few out of or­der’’.

At the time, Cr Guy Per­ci­val called for an end to park­ing me­ters in Oa­maru.

The com­mit­tee agreed to look at fu­ture op­tions for park­ing in the Oa­maru cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict.

The re­port of park­ing op­tions is due in Fe­bru­ary.

PHOTO: HAMISH MA­CLEAN

Pay­ing is easy . . . The Waitaki Dis­trict coun­cil has given the green light to an on­line pay­ment sys­tem for park­ing at Oa­maru’s me­ters.

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