Smart Parking in Toowoomba’s CBD is a step closer, with the installation of new parking meters to commence later this month.

Toowoomba Regional Council Infrastructure Committee Portfolio lead Cr Melissa Taylor said the installation will commence on Monday 23 May and take approximately five weeks.

“The first three weeks of the program will see crews install new meters, paid parking will still apply during this time,” Cr Taylor said.

“In the final two weeks of the program, crews will replace current meters with new pay machines. Parking fees won’t be payable in some locations during this two-week transition period however, time limits will still be enforced. Normal parking fees will apply once installation is complete.

“Works near commercial sites will be completed between 2pm-10pm and works near residential properties will be carried out between 8am and 4pm. Throughout the installation period, there will be traffic controls in place and we ask for patience from the community while this work takes place.

“These works follow the installation of sensors in off-street car parks, scheduled for completion by the end of May.

“The CBD Smart Parking Technology is on track to commence in July this year.

“Using this new technology, 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.”

For more information contact Council on 131 872.