25 March 2019
i-PARK scan car arrives in Rotorua
The i-PARK scan car has arrived in Rotorua and you can expect to see it driving our inner city streets as it undergoes testing and drivers are trained.
Once testing and training is complete the scan car will be driven through the CBD with an initial focus on vehicles that do not have a current warrant of fitness (WoF) or registration. It will later assist parking wardens with issuing parking infringements.
This is part of Rotorua’s new parking system which has been introduced to provide effective, modern and cost-effective parking services to the community.
The aim of introducing the scan car is to improve efficiencies in monitoring and enforcing our inner city parking policy and ensuring our parking system is fair and consistent for all users, explains Rotorua Lakes Council Community Compliance Team Leader, Kurt Williams.
“Initially the scan car will compare the licence plate it scans with information available in the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) database to identify vehicles that do not have a current WoF and/or registration. If the scan car identifies a car with an expired WoF or registration, within the parameters set by Council, it will automatically issue an infringement which will be sent in the post to the registered owner of the vehicle. The information held in the database is available to enforcement agencies and is the same information our parking wardens have always relied on. Using the scan car is just another, more efficient way of doing things.”
Rotorua Lakes Council provides a 28 day grace period for vehicle owners to renew an expired WoF or registration before an infringement will be issued, similar to that of the New Zealand Police compliance regime. This grace period has not changed.
“Our parking wardens have always conducted these checks and issued infringements where appropriate, the scan car just reduces the manual nature of this work,” says Mr Williams.
“We realise this is quite a new and innovative way of doing things, and appreciate it may take some getting used to. However, the scan car is ultimately helping to ensure we have safe and road worthy vehicles on our roads, and this should be seen as a positive move.”
Once an infringement is issued, the system will be programmed to ensure a second infringement cannot be issued for another seven days. This ensures owners have a fair and reasonable opportunity to renew their WoF or registration before a second infringement notice can be issued.
Once the scan car has been adequately socialised and is integrated with the relevant technology, it will also help to identify vehicles that have not paid for parking, exceeded the amount of time they have paid for, or exceeded stated time restrictions. An alert will be sent to the parking wardens who will then check the car and issue an infringement notice if appropriate.
i-Park General Manager Mike Kelly says the scan car will be an integral part of an effective parking system for the CBD.
“Our role is to undertake the enforcement of Council’s parking policy as efficiently and effectively as possible. The scan car will be an integral part of our effectiveness in this role as it allows us to quickly scan multiple vehicles to determine whether they are complying with the parking regulations as set by Council and then direct the wardens accordingly.”
Council’s monitoring system relies on chalking vehicle tyres, using the ‘eyes in the ground’ sensors to alert parking wardens to cars that have exceeded time restricted parking spaces, and more recently the i-PARK hand held scanners used to scan licence plates, followed by the introduction of the scan car.
The scan car will monitor on-street parking between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, and 9am and 12noon on Saturdays, as per Council’s parking policy. It will monitor vehicles’ WoFs and registrations at all times, and will be available to assist with various events and functions as required. The scan car is an electric vehicle and aligns with Council’s sustainability goals.
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