• $1.5mto install sensors

  • $8.7mexpected savings and increased revenue

Wireless sensors fitted into the road surface can provide information on whether a car park is occupied. This information can be used to tell drivers (either through signs or online apps) where car parks are available, as well as the price for parking.

Long exposure photo of Courtenay Place at night

The sensors can be incorporated with online payment systems, making it easy for drivers to pay for their parking, and ensuring they only pay for the time they use.

“Dynamic pricing” – in which the price falls as more parks become available – can also be introduced alongside the sensors. Where this system has been used overseas, it has resulted in reduced average parking prices and greater parking availability.

Of course, sensors can also help with parking enforcement, by making sure drivers comply with time limits, and don’t park without paying or park in areas they are not permitted to (such as disability parks or loading zones).

When?

Ongoing.

How much?

The cost to install the parking sensors is $1.5 million with savings and increased revenue expected at $8.7 million over the 10 years of the Long-term Plan.

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