26 September 2023

Smartphone parking with new Perth app

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The City of Perth has announced the rollout of a new parking payment phone app which is to come into force from July.

Lord Mayor, Basil Zempilas said embracing technology like this app would vastly improve the experience of parking in the City.

“Just about everything can be done using a smartphone these days, and now paying for parking in the City of Perth is about to be added to the list,” Mr Zempilas said.

He said the EasyPark app’s rollout in the City would be staged. From 1 July people would be able to use the app while parking at one of the City’s 17 non-boom gated car parks.

“If you’re busy shopping and your parking is about to expire, you’ll be able to quickly and easily add time through the app and avoid a parking fine,” Mr Zempilas said.

“However, users will still need to check the parking signage to make sure they’re following the rules.”

By September, the app could be used for on-street parking across the City.

“App users will also not need to walk to find a parking meter, they’ll be able to just use their phone from their parked car, which is particularly handy on a rainy day,” the Mayor said.

“The app charges an additional service fee for users, with rates varying depending on whether you’re a casual user or on a business account. This service fee goes to operator, EasyPark, not the City of Perth.”

He stressed use of the app was not a requirement.

“Drivers who want to continue paying for their parking with cash or card can still do that,” Mr Zempilas said.

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