Smarter way to pay for parking on the cards

Photo: Newsline
Photo: Newsline
A new app would allow Christchurch motorists to pay for metered parking on their smart phones.

The Christchurch City Council wants to trial the Pay My Park app for 12 months.

People could use it to pay for parking on their smart phones or other mobile devices.

The app offers the option to pay per session as a casual user or set up an account.

Said city council smart cities manager Michael Healy: “The app will make paying for parking quick and easy.

“With the app you only pay for the time you’ve parked and you can receive an alert when your paid parking is about to expire.

"The app allows you to extend your time remotely.

“We think residents will like the convenience of the app so we are proposing to trial it for a year for our on-street parking.  

"Following the trial, we’ll make a decision about how we can provide people with the convenience of online parking payments on a permanent basis,’’ Mr Healy said.

People would not be able to pay for parking in city council parking buildings during the trial. But the city council is exploring ways of allowing this in the future.

Next week the urban development and transport committee will receive a report requesting a change to the accepted payment methods for parking under the Christchurch City Council Traffic and Parking Bylaw 2017.

The parking app needs to be added to the list of payment methods before the trial can get under way.

“We hope to be in a position to begin the trial early in the new year,’’ Mr Healy said.