App trial to ease parking pain

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 04-May-2017

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A new online parking payment system is being trialled to allow residents to more easily pay for their parking.


The trial, which began on Monday, will apply to two specific all-day carparks, the Market Street and Myers Street car parks.


The system is called PayStay and will allow users to pay for their parking online or via a smartphone app.


City of Greater Bendigo council’s Caroline Grylls said they were responding to community demand for a more flexible and convenient parking payment system.


“PayStay allows for you to park without having to buy a physical ticket or put coins into a ticket machine,” Ms Grylls said.


“We know that it can be hard to always have coins in your wallet or in your car and that more and more people now prefer the convenience of paying online.


“You can register multiple vehicles to one account and for a small reminder service fee you can opt to have SMS reminders when your parking session is due to expire.”


A number of councils across Victoria already use the technology, as well more than 250,000 motorists across the country.


“There is a small transaction fee associated with using PayStay,” Ms Grylls said.

“We will monitor the trial closely to see whether people find it beneficial and simple to use, before rolling this out across the municipality.”


The trial will run for six months.

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