$3.9 million parking system

THE City of Hobart has started installing 1800 in-ground parking sensors as part of its new fully integrated parking system, which will commence operating early in 2018.

Council will also be replacing on-street parking meters and voucher machines with 310 multi-payment option parking meters.

This contract was awarded to AParc, with work set to commence in the New Year.

Hobart Lord Mayor Sue Hickey said the City of Hobart had chosen a ‘Pay by Phone’ app service, provided by ‘EasyPark’, as part of the new smart parking technology rollout.

“Customers need only download the app, register once and they can extend or stop their parking on the go,” she said.

“The app allows for a reminder to be set to assist in avoiding parking fines when the meter expires.

“The new customer friendly meters will also be able to receive payment by coins, debit and credit cards.”

Alderman Hickey said the City of Hobart’s parking management approach had always been to ensure there was sufficient turnover of parking spaces, particularly in high-demand areas.

“Parking and information officers will have devices that are linked to a central system that can advise if a vehicle has overstayed,” she said.

“However, it’s important to be clear that our officers will continue to walk a prescribed round and only deal with overstays when they reach that particular vehicle.

“They will not double back to issue a ticket.”

Alderman Damon Thomas, Chairman of the Council’s Finance Committee, said the City of Hobart believed it was the first local government area in Australia to install a fully integrated parking system of this kind.

“Looking ahead, the system has the capability to provide information to motorists about where parking spaces are available in the city before the motorist leaves on his or her journey,” he said.

Alderman Thomas said there was an obvious cost to rolling out the new integrated parking system, but the asset replacement of the meters was due to occur at about this time in their life cycle.

Following a tender process, the City of Hobart has committed nearly $3.9 million to the project ($980,000 for the sensors, $2.64 million for the meters and $275,000 for software and installation).

City of Hobart parking and information officers will be available to provide information about the new system once implemented.

A public education campaign will commence in the New Year.

Council will letterbox businesses near where the rollout of sensors occurs immediately prior to the works being undertaken.

Caption: Hobart Lord Mayor Sue Hickey with Chairman of the Council’s Finance Committee Alderman Damon Thomas.