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The daily trudge back to the car to position a parking receipt on the dashboard could soon be a thing of the past in Dunedin.
The Dunedin City Council yesterday announced it was preparing to trial a new paperless parking system in the Railway Station North car park — the home of Dunedin’s weekly Farmers Market.
The six-month trial, which begins on Tuesday, would allow motorists to enter their vehicle number plate into the parking meter to pay for their stay.
The information would be stored in the machine and accessible to parking officers, avoiding the need for motorists to print a ticket and return to their vehicle.
"As well as making things faster for people, the meters are expected to reduce waste as there are no paper receipts," council parking operations team leader Reece Smith said.
The system was provided by ITSL and was used in other New Zealand centres, including Auckland, Christchurch, Hutt City and Blenheim.
The company would cover the cost of the trial.