Use of Newcastle parking app increases by 25%
Between December and January, pay-by-phone transactions rose by 80% (15,000–27,000), and then went up by another 30% from February to March (27,000–35,000).
From when the discount was introduced on 1 January to 1 March, 62,000 transactions were made via the mobile phone application — more than double the 30,000 for the two months from November to December.
Transactions had been increasing at a steady average of 20% a month between March 2018, when EasyPark was introduced, and December.
Nearing the halfway mark of the six-month trial of the discount, Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the numbers showed the incentive was clearly working.
“Drivers are embracing this easy, convenient and cost-effective parking payment mechanism which is keeping more money in their pockets while preparing them for Australian-first technology that will soon guide drivers to vacant parking spaces,” she said.
From July, users of the EasyPark app will be able to log in and view the availability of parking spaces across the city.
The app will have the ability to point out to drivers the most likely place to find a park, based on sophisticated parking algorithms.
Nelmes said the City would review the 25% discount in time for the 2019–20 budget.
The EasyPark app can be downloaded via the Apple app store or at Google Play for Android users.
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