City Parking is introducing a new Pre-Paid Parking Card and this will be available from the 16th of May 2018 (today, if you had not checked the dates). The card will be the same as an ordinary bank card in size and will parking in the CBD less of a chore.
How can you get your hands on the card
Approach the Parking Marshal/Offices and pay $10 for the card itself. Of this $10 dollars that you are parting ways with $5 dollars will be credited for parking. The card will allow you to pay for three tiers of parking: 15 minutes, 30 minutes, and 1 hour. This is great because as it stands they were not offering these time slots and you had to pay for one hour even if you wanted to just spend 10-15 mins in a place. We are not sure how much this 15-minute ticket will actually cost. We will update the article when we have that knowledge.
How does the card work?
You can reload the card with funds and the minimum amount you can load up is $1. Once you’ve gotten to a parking bay all you need to do is tap the parking agents device using your prepaid card. The machine will print out the receipt, you stick it on your car and you’re on way. Simple and efficient.
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Hopefully, the cards won’t be scarce
A lot of other devices have been released in the past i.e Smart Park System-this came with a mobile device that was supposed to calculate the time spent parking and allocating the right parking fee- but this device didn’t catch on. Smart Park devices, though useful, were quite difficult to secure and because of this they never really took off. I guess the council didn’t market the devices well enough to get people interested in them on a large scale.
We’ll get to save precious minutes
Having to wait for a parking agent to attend to you is time-consuming and quite irritating. In addition, the steps you have to go through to make that transaction once the agent has attended you are not exactly exciting either. Fortunately, with this, you won’t have to go through any of that anymore.