A hefty parking fine can ruin your day, but now a new app is about to be trialled to help drivers avoid them altogether.
It’s hoped the technology will eventually allow drivers to pay for parking on their phone as well as help them find that elusive parking spot.
The app is called Park ‘n Pay, and it will allow you to bypass the parking meter and pay online instead.
It will even send drivers an alert if their parking space is about to expire or if the spot is about to turn into a no-stopping zone.
“You’ll get notified if the meter is running down, so you can top it up on your phone,” NSW Finance Minister Victor Dominello said.
It’s believed the 10-minute grace period will also still apply.
Last year the City of Sydney raked in almost $41 million in parking fine revenues.
The app will be trialled in Sydney’s busy The Rocks and if successful, is set to be rolled out across NSW.
There are hopes that eventually drivers will be able to use the app to find available parking spots in real time.
“If we can get people into parking spaces quicker, that means they’re not driving around as long, which means we’re reducing congestion,” Peter Khoury from NRMA said.
Similar technology is already proving successful overseas.
The trial is set to begin in the coming months.
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