A range of
initiatives aimed at creating a more efficient and dynamic car parking system
in central Geelong has taken effect from Monday.
The City has
introduced innovations such as a free parking trial in two-hour zones, a new
pay-by-phone application, pay-by-plate methodology and licence plate
motorists in central Geelong have access to:
- A ticketless parking system,
which removes the need to display tickets in your vehicle and eliminates
more than two million paper tickets annually;
- A free 30-minute period in
two-hour parking zones on weekdays (effectively providing a minimum 25 per
- An award-winning parking app by
leading provider EasyPark.
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The creation of
a ticketless system follows the adoption of licence plate recognition (LPR)
have been removed from meters, printed receipts remain available.
need to check how much time remains on their parking session, they can input
their vehicle registration into any City meter in central Geelong.
technology also shifts the City’s existing manual monitoring to a digital
a safer and more efficient process for City employees, who won’t have to walk
from car to car to view tickets.
The new system
will identify via the licence plate data if a vehicle has paid or overstayed in
the parking bay.
licence plate details to monitor parking turnover is a long-established and
technology is being used in numerous cities overseas and in Australia,
including Melbourne, Warrnambool, Brisbane, Byron Bay and Gold Coast.
technology also allows us to effectively introduce a free parking trial in
central Geelong two-hour zones from Monday.
The trial takes
effect only in 2P zones, as it aims to encourage a higher number of short-term
visitors to central Geelong.
choose the total time they plan to stay, via a parking meter or app, and the
system will automatically reduce the fee by 30 minutes.
The City is
also providing more payment options for motorists through the introduction of
the EasyPark app.
Used in more
than 1300 cities across 15 countries, the EasyPark app allows users to bypass
the parking meter and conduct remote up-to-the-minute transactions.
also be able to transfer parking fee credit to another parking bay within the
same central Geelong parking zone.
Usage fees for
the EasyPark app apply. More information can be found at https://easypark.com.au/en_au
options, such as coins, card and the EziCom app, will continue without change.
More information on the City’s parking
innovations, including answers to frequently asked questions, can be found at www.geelongaustralia.com.au/parking
Deputy Mayor Kylie Grzybek, Chair, Transport
and Connections portfolio
The new system is a noticeable change and might take
our community some getting used to, but we’re confident it will produce a more
convenient parking experience.
We’re especially excited by the introduction of free 30-minute parking in 2P
zones, which we hope will encourage more short visits by people looking to
enjoy everything on offer in our CBD.
The removal of paper tickets will mean you won’t have to return to your car to
put your ticket on the dash. And for those using the EasyPark app, you’ll have
the ability to pay only for the exact length of your stay and to receive
reminders when your time’s about to expire. All of these are very handy
features that will make parking easier.
Cr Eddy Kontelj, Brownbill ward
Having initiated the free
30-minute parking trial through a council resolution in April, it’s brilliant
to see it now on the verge of starting. This is one of the current council’s
most important initiatives since our election in October 2017 and we are very
hopeful it will produce positive results for CBD businesses.
The free CBD on-street 2P parking has the potential to positively impact so
many areas of our lives. It will encourage people back into the CBD to shop,
socialise and conduct business. It will assist with the cost of living and
bring more people into the town, which will also potentially have a positive
impact on security and safety and lift the spirits of the community.
Eliminating the need to print more than 2.5 million paper tickets will also
have a positive result on our carbon footprint. This initiative will also adopt
clever and creative technology, which will make parking in the CBD much easier.
parking is not the event, but it is the enabler that will make the event a huge
I encourage all members of our community to make the most of the trial. Pay a
visit to central Geelong and experience the wonderful shopping, food and drink
on offer. It’s a great place to spend time, and as of 1 December it will be
even better because your first 30 minutes of parking will be free.