That would be useful

July 26th, 2013 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

In the past financial year, made about $16m from on-street and permit fees, and about $8m more from infringement notices.

Parking revenue in the 2010-11 financial year was $25.8m.

That’s big money – around $100 per person.

Transport portfolio leader Andy Foster said he thought people would appreciate the new “customer-friendly” technology being investigated.

One of the initiatives was a text message service that reminded people when their parking meter was about to run out, and gave them the option of topping up via their phone.

That would be excellent. I use my cellphone to pay most times, and would love that service.

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9 Responses to “That would be useful”

  1. wikiriwhis business (3,998 comments) says:

    In this day and age why aren’t there swipe cards available for meters instead of relying on change

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  2. Grendel (1,002 comments) says:

    what will that service cost? it wont be free from council you know that.

    i use http://phone2park.co.nz/, as i can set how long i want to park, and if i spend less time i can get the money back.

    the fees are a little higher than the credit card option but more flexible.

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  3. anonymouse (715 comments) says:

    One of the initiatives was a text message service that reminded people when their parking meter was about to run out, and gave them the option of topping up via their phone.

    I cannot fathom how they would make that work with on street pay and display parking, currently the way you indicate you parking validity is a little piece of printed plastic you place on your dashboard, If you are not near the car there is no way to change this and Parking wardens use this to determine whether you get a ticket,

    Now the only way to remotely increase you parking is to some how send a message to “central parking” and hence to all of the parking wardens remote units ( are they even all online?) that you have added extra money, – It sound wonderful in theory, but in practice it will be a nightmare,

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  4. PaulP (150 comments) says:

    DPF, @Grendel is right. The facility is already available as phone2park.co.nz in Wellington. you should check it out.

    Only issue is you have to pre-load an account with the cash.

    If in central Welly I just text P30 W01 – for park 30 mins in zone 1 and it will send you a reminder text when about to expire. You can reply with say P15 W01 and it will add 15 minutes on. Text stop when you get back to your car and it credits back the unused portion.

    You have a card with a QR code on your screen so the wardens can scan to see if you’ve paid. When you register they post the card to you along with the plastic sleeve for your windscreen. You can register multiple cars and they will send multiple cards.

    Works well.

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  5. PaulP (150 comments) says:

    Another option of course – is it you have a phone to receive a text it is highly likely it has an alarm on it that you can set – problem solved!

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  6. labrator (1,850 comments) says:

    How much is from the ridiculous ability parking wardens have been given to award $200 tickets for lapsed registration?

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  7. Rick Rowling (813 comments) says:

    Wellington City’s insane parking fees, fines and enforcement.

    Another reason why I’m against amalgamation (which I agree with in principal).

    Because I know if we become part of Wellington, it’ll cost me $20 every time I get out of my car, and another $60 every time I’m parked 5 minutes longer than I planned.

    (okay, hyperbole, but remember Wellington’s mobile camera car, ticketing people for offences like giving way to the the mobile camera car at an intersection).

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  8. RRM (9,919 comments) says:

    In the past financial year, Wellington City Council made about $16m from on-street parking and permit fees, and about $8m more from infringement notices.

    Over the course of a whole year, one would expect your own experiences to converge more or less to the average… amiright?

    So if you always put money in the meter, then over the course of a year that should cost about twice as much as never paying, and running the risk of a ticket?

    Noted… :-)

    #trollface

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  9. goldnkiwi (1,304 comments) says:

    Isn’t half the point of the meters that it helps create parking for other people, not just revenue gathering? If the early bird parkers can just top up remotely, how does that make parking available for others to use? Deep pockets will just dig deep.

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