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The switch is a sign of how the city is working to quickly adapt to a new normal post-coronavirus and aligns with the steep decline in the use of physical currency.
Brisbane, state capital of Queensland, Australia, has moved to discontinue cash payments at parking meters across the city.
From 22 February, the only payments accepted at parking meters will be via credit card, smartphone or the CellOPark app. The decision by Brisbane City Council follows cash payments in the state of Queensland decreasing across the board from 35 per cent to 15 per cent.
The ruling applies to 960 parking meters which operate 7,500 parking spaces around Auchenflower, Buranda, Bowen Hills, Fortitude Valley, Kelvin Grove, Milton, Newstead, South Brisbane, West End and Woolloongabba.
“Using cashless payments only for parking is a sign of how we are working to quickly adapt to a new normal post-coronavirus¸” said David McLachlan, infrastructure committee chairman, Brisbane City Council.
“Not only are cashless payments great from a hygiene purpose, they also significantly reduce maintenance costs for our meters by hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, which is a great outcome for ratepayers.”
Motorists in Brisbane have been able to use Smarter City Solutions’ CellOPark app since 2016. They are able to choose parking zones using GPS or QR Codes, start and stop sessions at the push of a button and manage their payments all through their smartphone app or mobile website.
“Not only are cashless payments great from a hygiene purpose, they also significantly reduce maintenance costs for our meters by hundreds of thousands of dollars a year”
CellOPark also provides a pay-by-call solution for those who are unable to use the smart phone app.
“It’s great to see Brisbane Council take an innovative approach to parking by ending cash payments at meters to keep up with our evolving digital society,” added Michael Doherty, head of business development at Smarter City Solutions.
“In the midst of Covid we’ve seen retail and hospitality businesses switch to contactless payments for hygiene purposes and it’s natural that our parking should follow suit.”
Smarter City Solutions (SCS) is an Australian software and technology services organisation, providing parking solutions derived from interconnected cloud-based technologies using its own pay-by-app and virtual permit systems as well as vCompliance for infringement issuance.
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