ParkSmart program expands to new locations

Sunshine Coast Council’s ParkSmart scheme, which was first introduced in Caloundra, Birtinya, Point Cartwright and Nicklin Way areas in July, is now being rolled out to new locations.

The trial of the ParkSmart program will introduce its second vehicle, equipped with license plate recognition, high-speed cameras and advanced computer software, to Nambour, Eumundi and Maroochydore CBD.

Debra Robinson, director of the Sunshine Coast Council’s customer services and planning group, said that, just like the first phase, there would be a four-week training period with warning notices issued before any offenses are then imposed.

“The new parking monitoring technology is intended to encourage vehicle rotation, create parking opportunities and enable fair and safe access to various locations in our region,” Robinson said.

“It also aims to provide a safer working environment for parking attendants and reduce the risk of workplace violence.

“We saw a reduction in workplace violence in the first trial in Caloundra, Birtinya, Point Cartwright and Nicklin Way areas, so we want to continue the trial by adding these three more sites.”

Ms Robinson said rolling out the program to Eumundi would be key to testing the program’s performance at major events, such as Eumundi’s twice-weekly markets.

“We’re interested in seeing the benefits and challenges of using this new technology in highly concentrated locations,” she said.

“These results will be used to consider possible deployment around major events in the future.

“We also look forward to supporting local businesses in Nambour as ParkSmart provides increased coverage and capacity to encourage vehicle turnover.

“The introduction of the program at Maroochydore is another step towards establishing the new CBD.

“The four-week educational program will begin on November 21 and run until December 18.

“During this time, the council will issue cautionary notices rather than infringements.

“Once the education period is complete, notices of violation will be issued by mail.

“However, areas may also be patrolled on foot by a regulated parking officer.

“In this case, in accordance with our current practice, you may still receive your infringement notice on your windshield.”

Some facts about ParkSmart:

  • During the trial, regulated parking patrols may be conducted by foot patrol or the ParkSmart vehicle with council regulated parking officers.
  • If the area was patrolled by the ParkSmart vehicle, you will receive your warning or violation notice in the mail.
  • If the area has been patrolled by a foot patrol, you will receive your violation notice on your windshield, which is in line with our current practice.
  • Equipped with license plate recognition, the ParkSmart vehicle is equipped with six high-speed cameras and a GPS tracking system.
  • The vehicle captures images of parked vehicles and records the location of the vehicle (GPS coordinates), license plate and time.
  • It allows council to monitor regulated parking areas to ensure motorists follow parking regulations and ensures fair and safe access to the various parking locations in our area.
  • ParkSmart works in all weather conditions and identifies regulated street parking conditions.
  • Disabled parking permit holders are required by the terms of their permit to display the permit clearly on the windshield of their vehicle.
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Ryan H. Bowman