City visitors using Council’s Hartley Street carpark can now pay for parking without leaving their car.
Council is trialling the Easy Park parking app allowing drivers to simply park, pay and go about their daily lives.
The app, launched yesterday (8 July), means car park users can pay for parking by the hour ($1.60) or by the day ($3) using their smartphone rather than buying a ticket and displaying it on their dashboard.
Mayor Bob Manning said this was another example of Council using new technology to make parking easier for residents.
“The app is a much more convenient way for drivers to pay for their parking. They won’t have to make the trip back and forth to the ticket machine, which will be especially appreciated on those wet and very hot days we experience each year,” Cr Manning said.
App users simply add their licence plate details when setting up their account. The information is then automatically entered into Council’s enforcement software so parking officers will know immediately if parking has been paid for.
If the trial is successful, Council will look at providing multi-day or weekly payment options for the Hartley Street car park and potentially roll-out the app to other areas of the CBD.
Easy Park is used widely by Councils across Australia. Once drivers install the app it can be used anywhere Easy Park operates.