ICC issues fewer parking tickets

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THE Invercargill City Council (ICC) has issued almost 12,000 parking tickets since the beginning of the year of about 25% on the same period last year.

In total, ICC issued 11,823 parking tickets this year with 400 being exempt.

Last year 15,817 tickets were issued with 700 being exempt.

ICC compliance team leader Elle Dickson said these figures included the infringements which were sent to court for collection.

“These amounts are not always able to be collected through the court system, which could reduce the total amount of revenue.”

Figures released to the Southland Express last week showed ICC generated $268,287 in revenue from January 1 to September 13, 2020 $221,764 less than the same period the year before.

The central business district was an area in Invercargill where most of the tickets were issued, she said.

This was the area where on-street parking meters were mainly installed, which required people to use coins to pay for their parking.

An upgrade of the city’s meters, which was included in the 2019-2020 annual plan, had been delayed.

The upgrade would see about 750 on-street parking meters replaced at a cost of about $800,000.

The new kiosks would allow motorists to pay for parking by coins or credit card.

ICC roading manager Russell Pearson said the upgrade had not begun.

“We’re aiming to progress this project in early 2021,” he said.

“The allocated budget of $800,000 remains the same.

“All the existing meter heads will be removed and kiosks will be replaced.”

ICC was also investigating a pay-by-plate option as well as an app, similar to ones used in Queenstown and Dunedin.

“The app may be in advance of the new parking equipment.”

Mr Pearson said at the time the annual plan was approved, members of the public had highlighted how they often didn’t have coins readily available to pay for parking.

More than a year later, the feeling in the community remained the same, he said.

“Feedback we’ve received to date is that the community is looking forward to these being implemented at the earliest time.”

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