Cr David McLachlan
Brisbane parking meters go cashless
The more than 960 parking meters across Brisbane will go cashless from 22 February following a dramatic reduction in cash payments and the introduction of better payment technology.
Infrastructure Chair David McLachlan said people would still be given payment options when it came to on-street parking with both Tap ‘n’ Go technology and CellOPark app payments available.
“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,” Cr McLachlan said.
“What this proved to us is that so few people use coin payments with motorists embracing technology to pay for parking.
“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.
“Not only are cashless payments great from a hygiene purpose, but they also significantly reduce the maintenance costs for our meters by hundreds of thousands of thousands of dollars a year, which is a great outcome for ratepayers.
“As part of our steps towards a more technologically advanced on-street parking system, the Schrinner Council Administration will also be looking to introduce digital receipts for parking in 2021.”
From tomorrow residents will see signage at parking meters advising of the coin removal that will come into effect as of 4am Monday 22 February.
From February 22 payment can be made at parking meters by debit and credit cards (Visa or Mastercard). Contactless payment is available by Tap N Go and pay-by-app with the CellOPark Australia app. There are no surcharges applied.
To download the free CellOPark app, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and search ‘CellOPark’
Fifteen-minute free parking will remain available 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