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Meet Duncan, your 'elegant' new friend in the parking lot

Duncan MX.... coming to parking lot near you.

Duncan MX.... coming to parking lot near you.

Meet the Duncan MX.

If you work in Canberra’s Parliamentary Triangle, you’re going to be seeing a lot of each other this year.

Duncan is sleek, high tech and in four months’ time he will be swallowing fifty five bucks of your money each working week.

North Sydney-based outfit Reino International have scored the $2.25 million deal to supply the enforcement machines for the unpopular paid parking regime in the national precinct from July this year and the Duncan MX has emerged as the contraption of choice.

Duncan is tough; it’s 316 marine grade stainless steel casing makes it impervious to the parking rage of even the most infuriated public servant, forced to cough up $11 a day after decades of enjoying free parking.

But the machine has a soft side too.

Reino’s marketing material proudly states the MX is an improvement on its predecessor, the tried and tested PSA2000, and that Duncan’s elegant lines make it “less intimidating” than its predecessor.

“The MX utilises the modular components of the PSA, ensuring a high level of reliability and security,” according to the supplier’s blurb.

“The MX design is elegant and less intimidating than the PSA 2000 model.

It’s easy on the eye too, a vital attribute for the National Capital Authority, notoriously picky about the precinct’s aesthetics.

“The aesthetically pleasing, modern design provides additional flexibility for customising the user interface, which improves upon ease of use and customer friendliness,” Reino says.

The PSA2000 has been deployed in more than 70 locations throughout Australia and New Zealand and the new and improved Duncan MX can be configured to take parking fees from credit cards and mobile phones as well as coins.

Reino believes the winning combination has won “acceptance”, if not affection among its many users across the nation.

The supplier did not return phone calls on Tuesday or Wednesday.

36 comments

  • I'll let you know about the "toughness" after I "accidentally" reverse into this bandit.

    Commenter
    Mark
    Date and time
    February 26, 2014, 2:41PM
    • Catch a bus

      Commenter
      AwkwardBeans
      Date and time
      February 27, 2014, 6:05AM
    • what an agressive so and so you are... why should you have free parking simply because you work in the triangle... I worked in Civic for around 25 years and I paid for parking every day, and I wasn't even on a high wage, which I assume, you are.

      One day I just decided to walk half way home, a 10 km walk, and that became my "free parking effort" from then on until I retired - it did wonders for my figure and energy levels - perhaps you should try it too..... it might relieve you of your aggressive behaviour intentions!

      Commenter
      spikeyhair
      Location
      macgregor
      Date and time
      February 27, 2014, 3:59PM
  • Finally! These machines have been around for years in Sydney.

    Commenter
    M
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    February 26, 2014, 2:41PM
    • Yes a pretty parking meter makes it SOO much easier to fork out outrageuous amounts just to park your car

      Commenter
      Richo
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      February 26, 2014, 2:59PM
      • Noel, could you at least try and keep your disdain for the APS out of your articles?

        Commenter
        Zoidberg
        Date and time
        February 26, 2014, 2:59PM
        • Couldn't agree more. Those same car parks have been free for decades for all of the private businesses located in the same area. But that would take away some of the controversy in his article, wouldn't it?

          Commenter
          XR
          Location
          Canberra
          Date and time
          February 26, 2014, 5:32PM
        • Keep up the good work Noel. Clearly, one man's 'distain' is another man's amusing approach to having to report on parking meters. I for one enjoyed the article and also revel in the thought of the perpetually otiose APS realising a glimpse of working conditions faced by every other Australian. At least many APS will rest easier in the knowledge that they'll soon be claiming an additional 30 minutes flex each day to allow for the walk in from the nearest free parking.

          Commenter
          Duncan MX
          Date and time
          February 27, 2014, 3:45AM
      • Affectionate?

        So it gives youa kiss as it......yuck.....

        Yeah dont bother...I'd rather park elsehwere and walk in.

        I wouldnt pay $11 to cover poor someone elses financial management.

        Commenter
        Realist
        Date and time
        February 26, 2014, 3:51PM
        • Excellent news for tourists and we National Library users. But only if the ACT Government actually enforces parking limits. They need more rangers.

          Commenter
          Pride of Erindale
          Location
          Tuggeranong
          Date and time
          February 26, 2014, 5:30PM

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