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Media: Rotorua Daily PostTopic: New iPark scan car
I am a
following a story today on the recently announced i-PARK scan car coming
to town and was just hoping to get clarification on something:
Can the council provide
some figures on the number of jobs that will be affected by the
introduction of the car? Specifically, in the future when it is capable of
doing all the things that a current parking warden does?
Are we able to possibly
send a reporter one day to come for a ride in the car to write a
first-person piece on it?
I went out on
the street to ask the locals view on the new i-PARK car and we had a comment
from a person saying "the car was just a revenue gathering system for the
council and was highly unnecessary". She said although she was very
mindful of paying for the correct amount of parking time, a car that was onto
you for being five or so minutes late is ridiculous.
This will be
going into my story, so just giving the council a chance to respond to this if
following information was provided:
The scan car won’t impact on jobs as the current parking wardens will alternate
between driving the car and patrolling the streets.
scan car will complement the work of parking wardens and improve efficiencies
in monitoring and enforcing Council’s parking policy.
wardens are contracted by i-PARK and are employees
of Watchdog Security.
Once the scan car is fully operational we can look at taking a reporter out.
Response to subsequent enquiry:
attribute to Rotorua Lakes Council’s Operations Group Manager,
“The scan car is being
used to more fairly and effectively monitor and enforce Council’s parking
“Council has upgraded the
parking system to provide an effective, modern, and cost-efficient service to
the community. The new parking system has improved consistency of service
across the city and has improved turnover of parking spaces so that car parks are
less difficult to find.
“The previous parking
system used obsolete coin-only operated meters that were expensive to
operate and maintain, as well as being labour-intensive to monitor. This
dated technology contributed to low enforcement rates and lost revenue.
“The scan car is expected to
significantly improve our enforcement rate which will in turn assist in making
sure that our parking system is fair and consistent. In the past, there was a
higher likelihood of people not paying for parking and exceeding stated time
restrictions due partially to the manual nature of our old system. This was
inherently unfair to other members of the public who may also have wanted to
use that parking space.
and reasonable parameters remain in place even with the introduction of the new
technology. An infringement notice will not be given to a vehicle with a
warrant of fitness or registration that has expired within the past 28 days,
and owners of parked vehicles are given a ten minute leeway period to top up
their parking payment or move their car after they have exceeded the stated
time restriction. Nothing has changed in this respect.”