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Cards stacked against coins at new parking meters in ACT

Forget lugging pockets of change: ACT parking meters will soon accept notes and cards.

Forget lugging pockets of change: ACT parking meters will soon accept notes and cards. Photo: Jay Cronan

The days of lugging bags of coins or ducking off to a coffee shop for change will be a thing of the past from next month, when parking machines that accept notes and cards will be introduced across the territory.

Preparation work to install the new meters will begin in car parks next week. The first machines are scheduled to appear in the last two weeks of March.

The parking meters will accept credit cards and will have contactless card readers to allow the government to link the system to MyWay in future.

The government has not said whether it plans to increase parking fees.

Treasurer Andrew Barr said on Tuesday any increase in fees would be considered as part of the ACT budget, which is handed down in June.

In 2013 fees for a long-stay space in Civic rose to as much as $13.50 a day, requiring drivers to find $67.50 in change each week to feed the coin-only meters.

In December, the ACT government and the National Capital Authority awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to install the new meters in areas including Barton, Russell, Acton and the parliamentary triangle. By July, the machines will control 9000 spaces in central Canberra.

The territory government has been lobbying the federal government for a share of revenue raised from parking fees - so far without success.

Mr Barr said on Tuesday a portion of revenue raised from parking should be reinvested into the NCA or national institutions.

''The ACT government is calling on the Commonwealth to provide a structural adjustment package to help offset effects that cuts from the Commission of Audit and federal budget may have on Canberra,'' Mr Barr said.

He said work to install the long-awaited machines would vary from site to site, but could include ground work to pick up a power source for the machines, and removal of damaged bolts and materials.

13 comments

  • Finally Canberra adopts technology that's been used in shopping malls and places like Sydney for more than a decade... Still a disgrace that the Arboretum has coin operated machines.

    Commenter
    Curious George
    Date and time
    February 19, 2014, 6:45AM
    • Don't worry they will jack the price up and blame it on the new meters!

      Commenter
      new
      Date and time
      February 19, 2014, 10:44AM
    • They actually charge you for parking at the Arboretum ?

      The damn thing is such a blight and an eyesore on the Canberra landscape they should be paying you to come and visit the over rated wasteland !

      Commenter
      Bring Back
      Location
      The Pine Plantations
      Date and time
      February 19, 2014, 11:04AM
  • Hooray! Machines that accept notes and credit cards....welcome to 1997.

    Commenter
    Stir the pot
    Date and time
    February 19, 2014, 7:00AM
    • I can't believe it's taken this long to have these meters.

      Commenter
      M
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      February 19, 2014, 8:55AM
      • They better have pay pass/wave. I don't want to have to waste my time swiping and punching in my PIN like some sort of barbarian.

        Commenter
        advocatus diaboli
        Location
        Kaleen
        Date and time
        February 19, 2014, 9:48AM
        • Swipe and punch? Not likely. This is Canberra 2014; you'll have to sign.

          Commenter
          Xolin
          Date and time
          February 19, 2014, 10:47AM
        • advocatus diaboli - This has to be post of the year so far! Ha ha ha ha ha.......

          Commenter
          Deutsch
          Location
          Canberra
          Date and time
          February 20, 2014, 1:27PM
      • It is a diabolical shame that parking charges have risen so high that it is necessary to pay with cards or notes!

        Commenter
        MFL
        Date and time
        February 19, 2014, 9:49AM
        • There is no such thing as high cost parking in Canberra. Have you been interstate recently??

          Commenter
          M
          Location
          Canberra
          Date and time
          February 19, 2014, 11:22AM

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