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Lord Mayor announces free parking for New Year

02 December, 2014

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has today announced that Council will invest $1.94 million into free 15 minute parking at 8,855 inner city car parking spaces, starting from the first January 2015.

Free short-term parking was a key recommendation of the Parking Taskforce’s review of parking in Brisbane, outlined in its final report released yesterday.

Cr Quirk said motorists parking at 7,715 metred parking bays outside the CBD, including South Bank and Fortitude Valley, as well as in King George Square and Wickham Terrace Carparks would be able to take advantage of the offer from the New Year.

“Free 15 minute parking in inner city precincts will be a win-win for residents and businesses alike, making it easier for motorists who need to park quickly while helping stimulate economic activity and boost patronage for small businesses,” Cr Quirk said.

“Customers will be able to select a 15 minute free transaction when entering their details at parking meters – it’s as simple as that.

“The same rules of one 15 minute free parking transaction per vehicle per day will apply to all 500 parking bays in King George Square and 640 bays in Wickham Terrace,” he said.

“This is specifically designed for motorists who are parking for less than 15 minutes. It will help those who need to stop quickly and then continue on, like grabbing bread and milk from the shops or picking something up for the kids.

“We have listened to what the people of Brisbane have told us, we know that around 40 per cent of motorists park for less than 15 minutes in many high-demand areas. This free parking offer will mean a substantial reduction in parking costs for motorists,” Cr Quirk said.

Cr Quirk said that Council would also roll out a range of other parking improvements from January as a result of the Parking Taskforce recommendations, aimed at making the parking transaction experience more convenient and user friendly.

“Council is investing $1.6 million to upgrading its 1,122 electronic parking meters this financial year to improve the customer experience, with new technology due to be switched on by January 1,” he said.

“Council is installing contactless card readers that will allow for greater credit card security and Tap N Go payments. This will allow customers to use Mastercard Paypass or Visa Paywave technology for parking meter payments, offering increased flexibility and speeding up the transaction process.”

“Customers will still have the option of inserting their card into the reader for payment but now they can also simply tap their card against the external card reader, which will save time and make the city parking experience more convenient.”

Council will designate two easily accessible Express Bays in both Wickam Terrace car park and King George Square car park for customers requiring a very short turnaround, for example to drop off or pick up items or passengers.

“If the express bays are occupied, any unreserved bay can be used to take advantage of 15 minute free parking, provided the customer exits the car park before their 15 minutes have expired.”

“Extended disability passenger pick-up and drop-off zones, from two minutes to five minutes, will also start from the 1st January.”

For more information about 15 minute free parking or Tap N Go, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and search ‘Parking’ or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

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