High-tech parking enforcement

Cars will scan plates, tickets in the mail





Local News

Hamilton City Council is moving to high-tech cars that scan licence plates to monitor parking compliance and find vehicles parking illegally. Also, to avoid staff dealing with upset drivers, tickets will be posted to the registered owner of the car instead of being put on windscreens. Licence plate scanning and touchscreen paperless payment systems are just some of the ways its is moving to a smarter and more efficient way of managing parking in the CBD, the council says. Over the next six months, a series of changes will be introduced, starting with the use of hybrid vehicles with licence plate recognition. “The technology helps us find those parking illegally — such as on footpaths, across cycle lanes, and on ‘no stopping’ lines,” said city transportation manager Gordon Naidoo. “It will also make it safer for our parking team who often deal with unhappy members of the public. Tickets will be posted out to the registered car owner.” The technology can also be integrated with “pay by plate” devices. Over the coming months, these devices will replace the single-head parking meters with a paperless system — where you will use your licence plate number to pay for parking, the council said. Licence plate recognition is already used in other New Zealand cities. Plans to install the technology in Garden Place and in Sonning carpark (in River Rd beside Claudelands Bridge) are also under way. The vehicles will be operating from July, which coincides with the roll out of new all-day paid parking areas within the central city. New stay-all-day parking areas are being introduced on Knox St which runs between Victoria St and Anglesea St) and Nisbet St (in the Wintec campus), providing an all-day, 8am to 6pm, parking option. Parking will be $6 per space per day, with payment made via the Paymypark app.