Smart Parking technology is set to be introduced in July

As free on-street and half price off-street parking in the Toowoomba CBD comes to an end on 2 April, attention has turned to the implementation of Smart Parking technology.

To ensure the system is ready for the mid-year launch, Toowoomba Regional Council Infrastructure Committee portfolio lead Cr Melissa Taylor said Council would soon begin removing parking meters in preparation for the Smart Parking rollout.

“During March we made changes to our paid parking to encourage residents and visitors to support our local businesses, Cr Taylor said.

“With March almost over, our regular paid parking arrangements will return to the CBD however residents will start to notice changes as we begin replacing parking meters.

“Single head parking meters will be progressively removed to make way for the installation of the new meters in the coming weeks with Smart Parking set to begin in July.

“In the areas where single bay meters are in place, these parking spaces will continue to be free over the coming weeks until new parking meters become operational, however time limits will still apply.

“When Smart Parking is up and running, motorists will be able to use an app on their phone to easily find available carparks and have more payment options, including contactless payment. For customers who choose not to download the app, our existing payment methods will still be available.

“Another key function of the new technology will be for app users to receive notifications before parking time and /or payment limits are reached to enable them to better understand and manage their parking.”

Regular paid parking arrangements will recommence on 4 April.

For more information contact Council on 131 872.