The following comments should be attributed to City of Greater Geelong
Director Planning, Design and Development Gareth Smith:
Why has Council
decided to install this new technology?
The technology will eliminate the need for
motorists to display a ticket in their vehicle. There are numerous benefits to
customers in providing a registration number, including:
- not having to return
to your car to display a ticket or to extend your stay;
- removing incidents
where tickets are not displayed correctly;
- the ability to carry
out a remote parking transaction by using the app;
- the ability to
easily transfer your vehicle to another parking bay within the same zone; and
- reducing the
environmental impact caused by paper waste.
How are the number plate details of a car used by City officers?
Authorised compliance officers will be able to link the registration
number with the payment technology to determine payment and overstay, rather
than walking from car to car to view displayed tickets. The officers are
already required to record registrations numbers for any parking infringement.
Will drivers be fined if they put in false number plate details?
The requirement to enter number plate
details from 1 July is the start of a community awareness program, leading into
the 30-minute free parking trial on 1 December. This extended period allows time
for our community to become familiar with the new system.
Monitoring of paid
parking will continue to be based on the payment and display of paper tickets
until 1 December, when the system becomes paperless. We encourage the community
to embrace the service by accurately providing their registration plate
People are concerned
this is a breach of privacy - what does the City have to say about this?
We will not be collecting any personal
information. The only data that motorists are required to enter is their
vehicle registration number. The registration number will not be shared with, or
accessed by, any other area of council or organisation.
The City already records registration
numbers when issuing infringements, which is a normal, legally-approved
process. The registration number will in future be used to determine payment
and overstay, rather than walking from car to car to observe such transactions.