A new map of the unpopular new pay parking landscape for Canberra's Parliamentary Triangle shows there will be nowhere to hide for the area’s public servants after July 1.
The aerial view divides the Triangle onto eight zones where ticket machines will enforce the new charges.
From July 1, thousands of public servants working in and around the Parliamentary Triangle will be hit with a daily charge of $11 for the car parking that has been free to government workers in the area for decades.
The pay parking on National Land will hit about 9,000 car spaces in Acton, Russell, Barton and Parkes.
Most of the 190 state-of-the-art ‘Duncan MX’ parking machines will only take credit cards, with only 60 of the machines to be coin operated.
But all pay parking ticket machines in designated short stay car parks, and one machine in each designated long stay car park, will accept payment through coins in addition to credit card payment.
There will also be an online credit card payment option.
The map is included in the tender documents the National Capital Authority is using in its search for a contractor to empty the machines and count the money.
Despite public servants’ mild mannered reputation, the authority wants to make sure its collectors take no chances when it comes to safety.
“Preferably, the collection must be conducted, at a minimum, with staff working in pairs in constant visible presence of each other,” prospective bidders for the job are advised.
“The Contractor must also ensure that personnel engaged in the Services have access to and use all relevant personal protective and safety equipment identified in the relevant risk management plan.”
Potential bidders are also warned that the National Capital Authority, renowned for its stern stewardship of Canberra’s national precincts, will be enforcing a tough no-excuses clause in its new parking contract.
“The contractor must ensure the continuity of the supply of the Services regardless of any difficulties being experienced by the Contractor at any time during the Contract Period,” the tender states.