By Juliano Oliveira
Brisbane parking meters will undergo a cashless routine from February 22 responding to a reduction in cash payments and the introduction of better payment technology.
Drivers will be able to use debit and credit cards (Visa or Mastercard) for payment. Tap N Go and pay-by-app with the CellOPark Australia will also be available. The change will reach more than 960 parking meters across the city.
“During the height of the global coronavirus pandemic the decision was made, based on health advice, to remove the use of coins in parking meters to reduce the handling of cash,” Infrastructure Chair David McLachlan said.
“We will be the first state in Australia to use cashless payment only for parking, and it is a sign of how we are working to quickly adapt to a new normal post coronavirus.”
Mr McLachlan said that cashless payments would also significantly reduce the meters’ maintenance costs by hundreds of thousands of thousands of dollars a year. Council is also planning to introduce digital receipts for parking in 2021.
To download the free CellOPark app, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and search ‘CellOPark’
Fifteen-minute free parking will remain possible at all metered car parking spaces, with more than 7500 on-street parking spaces available across the following suburbs:
- Bowen Hills
- Fortitude Valley
- Kangaroo Point
- Kelvin Grove
- South Brisbane
- Spring Hill
- West End